KENTUCKY TOBACCO GROWERS WERE IN FRANKFORT SPEAKING AGAINST A PROPOSED TAX INCREASE PDF Print
Thursday, 20 February 2014 06:32

Tobacco growers from throughout Kentucky were in Frankfort yesterday, to talk with lawmakers about a proposed 66% increase in Kentucky’s cigarette tax.  Richard Farmer met with some of them to get their side of the story:

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Gray adds that ironically, the call for the big increae is part of a tax reform package designed to make Kentucky’s tax system more responsive:

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Richard Farmer adds that opponents of the tax hike claim it could be counterproductive:

 

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Lee Robey, who works a Logan County farm that has provided work for six generations of his family, points to the long history of tobacco farming in Kentucky and to the importance of tobacco on his farm.  He says the impact of the dollars generated by his tobacco productionis felt throughout the community:

 

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This increase is one part of the Governor’s tax reform plan.  Farmer’s maintain it’s not going to work and an increased tax will hurt the market for this traditional Kentucky crop and endanger the economies of rural communities across the state.

 

 

 

 

 

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