It Depends on What "Tax" Is....

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As we reported in last week's digest, elected officials are doing all they can to wiggle around and out of their "no new tax" pledges. This week we have a similar story from Kentucky, where Governor Ernie Fletcher explains his support for a 25 cent tax on cigarette papers by calling it "closing a loophole" rather than an actual tax hike. Even the House Speaker seems confused, claiming that this proposal is "not a tax increase, it's tax equity." For a heavy hitting editorial from the Courier-Journal about this attempt to raise taxes, but stay away from the "T" word, click here.

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