From: David Rholl
The other day I was reading an article in which the reporter was interviewing some local tobacco store owners. The store owners were concerned about the loss of business under Minnesotaís new and high tobacco tax. The store owners feared that many of their customers would be taking the short drive across the state border to buy their cigarettes. The reporter contacted the Minnesota governorís office and asked if they are concerned that anticipated revenues from the new tobacco tax would fall short of their expectations. The reply from the governorís office was: ďWe (the State) donít really need the money. We just want people to quit smoking.Ē
See, I thought I heard somewhere they needed the money for the Vikingís stadium when the stateís gambling receipts fell short. Well, anyway, by following the logic coming from the governorís office, can we now infer that the passage of the broader sales tax is not because the state needed the money: they simply want us to quit shopping and doing business here?