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House bill would tax e-cigarettes, currently the only tobacco products not subject to state excise tax

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky lawmakers are considering putting an excise tax on e-cigarettes sold in the Commonwealth. The tax would be equal to the current tax on traditional cigarettes, which is $1.10 per pack. State Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, the bill’s primary sponsor, said his colleagues are struggling to come up with a state budget amid the worst projected revenue...

Smoke-free advocates rally in Frankfort for measures to decrease soaring youth use of e-cigarettes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s Coalition for a Smoke-free Tomorrow rallied in Frankfort this week to call on state lawmakers to pass several measures aimed at decreasing electronic-cigarette use among the state’s youth, a phenomenon that continues to surge. Between 2017 and 2019, e-cigarette use more than quadrupled among the state’s middle-school students and...

Black Lung Trust Fund gets one-year boost from higher excise tax, but experts say more is needed

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Congress has voted to increase the excise tax levied on coal companies that provides cash flow for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. But advocates for miners who need the money say the one-year increase isn’t enough to keep the fund from drying up. The higher excise tax expires December 31. Rebecca Shelton, coordinator of policy and organizing at the...

E-cigarette tax bill aimed at curbing epidemic of teen vaping would equal tax on pack of cigarettes

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Electronic cigarette use or “vaping” is on the rise among teens, and some Kentucky lawmakers believe a tax on e-cigarettes may help deter young people from using them. State Reps. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, and Jerry T. Miller, R-Louisville, announced a bill last week that would add an excise tax on e-cigarette sales in the state. The tax would be equal...

Tyler White: Don’t burden coal country with a tax increase on the industry; coal needs to compete

Black Lung is a terrible disease. Just one case is a case too many. All miners who suffer from black lung must receive the benefits they deserve.  These are indisputable facts. But we need to ensure the systems in place to secure benefits for those who need them are the right solutions. Handled incorrectly, future funding for The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund could do unintended damage...

Jason Bailey: Tax plan is a tax shift with troubling long-term effect of state’s revenues; cuts for wealthy

The General Assembly tax bill Monday is a shift in taxes away from corporations and high-income people and over to low- and middle-income Kentuckians. Although the official estimate is that it would bring $248 million more in net revenue by the second year, the plan relies heavily on a fading source in a cigarette tax increase and very uncertain new revenues from conformity to the federal tax code....