Missouri voters reject tobacco tax hikes

Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax will stay that way following the failure of two separate cigarette tax proposals.

Voters on Tuesday turned aside both Amendment 3 and Proposition A. As a result, the cigarette tax in the state will remain at 17 cents per pack.

Amendment 3 would have increased the cigarette tax by 60 cents per pack. It would have been phased in through 2020, and created a 67-cent-per-pack "equity" fee increasing annually for inflation on certain off-brand cigarettes.

Under Proposition A, the tax would have risen gradually to an additional 23 cents per pack by 2021. It also would have taxed non-cigarette tobacco products 5 percent of the manufacturer's invoice price, paid by the seller.

If both measures had passed, the one receiving the most votes would have been implemented.


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