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Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July totaled $845.7 million, a 1.9 percent increase from a year ago

State Budget Director John Chilton announced Monday that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), totaled $845.7 million, a 1.9 percent increase compared to July 2018 receipts. Increases in the sales and use tax and cigarette taxes out-paced declines in the income, natural resources and property taxes as the impacts of tax law changes continue to influence...

Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July totaled $830.2 million, a 4.7 percent increase from 2017

State Budget Director John Chilton has announced that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2019, totaled $830.2 million, a 4.7 percent increase compared to July 2017 receipts. The official revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts. Based on July’s receipts, General Fund revenues need to increase 3.2 percent...

House bill 487 takes effect in Kentucky, adding sales tax to service items, 50 cents per pack to cigarettes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Changes to Kentucky’s sales tax laws take effect today which means residents will be paying tax on some services for the first time, as well as a higher cigarette tax. House Bill 487, effective July 1, brings sales tax to several service items and also taxes cigarettes at 50 cents more per pack. (Photo by Tom Latek,Kentucky Today) House Bill 487, enacted by the 2018 General...

Kentucky’s cigarette tax increase takes effect July 1; many resources available to help smokers quit

When the tax on a pack of cigarettes sold in Kentucky rises from 60 cents to $1.10 on Sunday, July 1, many Kentuckians may decide it’s a good time to kick the habit. The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, which convened 160 organizations to advocate for a state tobacco tax increase in an effort to reduce smoking and smoking-related illness in the Commonwealth, reminds smokers that there are...

Cigarette tax hike of 50 cents per pack is largest ever in Ky. but will do little to cut smoking, advocates say

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As part of a larger tax bill, the Kentucky General Assembly voted April 2 to increase the state’s cigarette tax by 50 cents, to $1.10 per pack. That fell short of the $1 increase wanted by health advocates, who bemoaned “a missed opportunity” to improve the health of Kentuckians. And in the final hours, legislative leaders dropped a plan to...

Budget agreement includes cuts, full pension contributions and some new revenue

By Ashley Spalding Kentucky Center for Economic Policy The state budget passed Monday by the General Assembly for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is very similar to the House’s budget proposal. Like the House proposal, the budget agreement – and accompanying revenue bill – includes substantial cuts in many areas but also raises a small amount of revenue and relies heavily on fund transfers in order...

House passes two-year budget plan with help for pensions, historic SEEK funding, some new taxes

The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a funding package with cigarette and opioid taxes and increased funding for SEEK and public pensions by a vote of 84-8. The total spending plan is about $22.5 billion for the next two fiscal years, which begins July 1. The two-year budget plan, presented on the House Floor by Appropriations & Revenue Chairman Rep. Steven Rudy, is a comprehensive plan...

Lobbying on cigarette tax ramps up with foundation ads and tobacco firms use of farmers, retailers

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News If activity by lobbying interests is any indication, the idea of raising the state cigarette tax $1 a pack is an active idea among members of the Kentucky General Assembly. The main group advocating the tax increase, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, reported spending more than any other lobby during the first month of the session. Its total of $100,240 was not...

Poll shows voters support increase in Kentucky’s cigarette tax to support healthcare, budget shortfall

A new poll shows a majority of Kentucky voters support raising the state’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack to address healthcare and state budget issues, regardless of party affiliation. The poll, conducted in mid-December by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc., found that 69 percent of registered voters support a $1 cigarette tax increase. Overall support increased to 73 percent when respondents...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky favors taxes on sugary drinks to fight obesity, higher cigarette levy

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has taken a tougher stance toward tobacco, advocating a $1-a-pack increase in the state cigarette tax as a way to reduce smoking and its health-care costs. Now its CEO says the foundation also favors taxes on sugary drinks as a way to fight obesity, another bad health statistic in which Kentucky is a national leader. “We think sugar taxes are a good way...

Cancer Society: Increasing Kentucky’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack would decrease youth smoking

To decrease youth smoking in the state, the Kentucky director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is calling for an increase of $1.50 per pack of cigarettes and all other tobacco products, which would raise the 60-cent tax on each pack to $2.10. “In the first full year following an increase in the tax by $1.50 per pack, it’s estimated that youth smoking would be reduced by...

General Fund growth in November a ‘positive sign’ of state’s improving economic conditions

Kentucky General Fund receipts grew 12.8 percent in November, compared to last year, with total revenues for the month at $905.7 million, Budget Director Jane Driskell reported. That’s an increase of $102.8 million from November 2013.   “Sales and individual income taxes account for the majority of November’s increase,” Driskell said in a press release. “We are pleased with...