Monday, October 15, 2007

$77 million

Wisconsin's budget is 108 days overdue. If a $1.25 cigarette tax increase had been implemented on July 1, Wisconsin would have already brought in $77 million in new revenue that could be used to pay for tobacco prevention and cessation programs and healthcare expenses caused by tobacco. That's over 2 1/2 times the amount originally budgeted by Gov. Doyle for the state's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program over the next two years.

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