The case for the cigarette tax | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The case for the cigarette tax

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 6:55 AM

Brummett's blog expands on the notion of using a cigarette tax increase to leverage a triple match from the feds for Medicaid. He talks with Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who discusses plans afoot for more federal support of Medicaid, particularly in poor states like Arkansas. Altogether, a big cigarette tax boost could produce a significant return. Given the health costs that smoking produces, it makes sense.

A 75-cent boost still would leave Arkansas 20th, not counting other boosts planned elsewhere. That would cover the trauma system and leave as much as $75 million -- $300 million counting the federal match -- for Medicaid, which pays for nursing home care, home health services and medical care for the poor, many of them elderly.


Favorite

Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The saga of Rusty Cranford

    Don't miss David Ramsey's telling of the Rusty Cranford story and the Arkansas public corruption scandal in which he's a central figure. It is far from over, but this also gives you some personal insight to a man in the middle of the action.
    • Aug 16, 2018
  • UA-Fort Smith chancellor leaving for South Dakota, interim named

    Edward Serna will lead UA-FS will search for new chancellor is made.
    • Aug 16, 2018
  • Satan vs. the supremacists

    So it goes. The Satanic Temple unveils its statue for a rally in support of the First Amendment protection against state establishment of religion. Meanwhile, a tiny group of white supremacists appeared in opposition, lending comfort to Bro. Jason Rapert's Biblical slab on the back side of the Capitol.
    • Aug 16, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Latest Obamacare repeal bill would hit Arkansas treasury hard

    The latest effort to undo Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, would shift federal support for health coverage to a block grant system to the states. Bad news for Arkansas.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Satan vs. the supremacists

    • Jake, i like your list and would add one comment. i have observed many times…

    • on August 16, 2018
  • Re: Satan vs. the supremacists

    • I'm not dedicated to Satan and basically against anything having to do with Satan, but…

    • on August 16, 2018
  • Re: Satan vs. the supremacists

    • Well, I see that I need to make a correction. The opening segment I wrote…

    • on August 16, 2018

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation