CHC’s intern, Arthi Narayanan, wrote a Letter to the Editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette making the case for increasing tobacco taxes to raise revenue for PA’s 2016-2017 state budget in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Letter to the Editor. She writes,
“With the commonwealth currently experiencing a structural deficit of $1.8 billion, we need to focus on raising revenue for the 2016-17 budget. We cannot keep making cuts to expenditures, as these cuts have been hitting education and human services resources strongly.
One of the most effective ways to raise revenue, both from a financial perspective and a health care perspective, is to tax tobacco products such as cigars and smokeless tobacco.”
Read the full letter at the Post-Gazette‘s website: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2016/06/12/Raising-tobacco-tax-is-good-health-and-fiscal-policy/stories/201606120160