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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Political Forecast: Cigarette tax increase moves to full Senate for debate

Excerpted from this post at Political Forecast
... The Iowa House will be the real test, as it has been the location of contention over whether or not the increase would be $1 or less — rumors being that the increase would be around $0.40 - $0.60. Recently, Speaker Murphy has said he was more convinced that a $1 increase was justified and I truly hope he fights for it. Culver has been pretty reluctant to engage in discussion or debates with the Democratic legislature about his budget proposals, simply saying he's made his requests and its up the legislature. I'm not sure if he's playing timid or is actually being timid, but we'll soon see. If it looks like he can't get his buck increase in the House, he'll likely step up and put the pressure on lawmakers for the full increase.

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