The bastards passed the new tobacco tax. See my update at the end of the original post.
BTW, it's not the fact of the increase that pisses me off so much. It's the fact that they're only targeting one unpopular group of people. Do you honestly think the figure of $1.60 per pack was plucked out of thin air? As opposed to, say...80¢? or $1.20? No. Some numbers cruncher was assigned the task of figuring out how much cash they'd need to raise from smokers if they wanted to avoid pissing off any other voters.
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