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Taxing smokes

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State Rep. Gene Shelby is talking about a 50-cent-a-pack tax increase on cigarettes to pay for a state trauma system and other health purposes. A special interest group headed by the odious Dick Armey has emerged to sound the alarm. Significant news here, I think, is indication that Gov. Beebe will back a tobacco tax increase for the trauma system. How much isn't clear.

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