Tennessee: More Taxes on Cigarettes, Less on Groceries

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This week the Tennessee General Assembly adjourned after passing legislation that increases the state cigarette tax by 42 cents a pack and also reduces the state's sales tax on food from 6 to 5.5 percent. Progressive groups like Tennesseans for Fair Taxation are calling the reduction in the grocery tax "a very positive first step that we can build [on] as we move forward."

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