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Cogen Says Multnomah County Could Levy 50¢ Cigarette Tax

The Lund Report
If the Legislature passes HB 2870 giving cigarette taxing authority to counties, the Multnomah County Chair told the Senate Finance Committee that Oregon’s most populous county would consider raising taxes by a half dollar.

 

April 30, 2013 — Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen told the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee on Monday that the state’s biggest county would consider a 50¢ cigarette tax if the state allows counties to collect their own tobacco tax.

Future of Tobacco Settlement Funds Faces Legislature

The Lund Report
Coalition urges lawmakers to devote those funds to prevention and has the support of former Attorney General Hardy Myers

December 4, 2012 -- An advocacy coalition of healthcare and public health organizations is seeking legislative support next session on a proposal to spend Oregon’s share of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funds on prevention and community based-health initiatives.

The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, signed by Oregon and 45 other states in 1998, was designed to help states recover some of the tobacco-related healthcare costs and to prevent tobacco from taking even more lives.

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