Cigarette Smuggling Makes Nanny State Taxes Go Up in Smoke

Prohibition is creating a tobacco black market in Washington state.

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New York had the highest number of smuggled cigarettes in 2011 — about 61 percent of the total market. New York also has the nation’s highest state cigarette tax at $4.35 per pack, plus another $1.50 levied in New York City.

In Washington, the smuggling is running faster than enforcement officers can keep up.

“There’s more out there than we find,” Mittman said.

When asked if Washignton should lower its tax, Mittman said, “the disparity of the taxes adds to the problem.” But he added it would help if Oregon and Idaho raised their taxes because he doesn’t see Washington moving toward a decrease.

Oregon lawmakers considered legislation that would have raised the tax anywhere from 10 cents to $1 a pack but it failed as part of a larger revenue bill that Republicans andDemocrats couldn’t agree upon.

This article originally appeared on Watchdog.org.

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  • shamalam||

    "When asked if Washignton should lower its tax, Mittman said, “the disparity of the taxes adds to the problem.” But he added it would help if Oregon and Idaho raised their taxes because he doesn’t see Washington moving toward a decrease."

    It sure would help if our neighbors were as retarded and over bearing as we are.

  • Ted S.||

    Socialism means everybody is supposed to suffer equally.

    (Well, except for the public "servants".)

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    And the socialists have plenty of allies who don't even realize that they are into it too:
    In the case of Bongs Grocery and Deli and the Super C Store, a citizen complained, leading to an investigation and criminal citation and confiscation of the smuggled cigarettes.

    People ratting out the store because the store was not paying taxes to the proper sovereign. Just like in States with personal property taxes, where people without the proper tax sticker arrangements on their vehicles get tattled on to Da Man.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Maybe this was one of the dew times a policeman was referred to as "citizen".

  • crufus||

    Seems more likely they were ratted out by a competitor.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    A deli called Bong's that evades cigarette taxes must be the coolest deli ever.

  • OldMexican||

    But he added it would help if Oregon and Idaho raised their taxes because he doesn't see Washington moving toward a decrease."


    It's always someone else's fault why socialism/social engineering/economic policy never works.

  • fredtyg||

    What's remarkable is very often people in the state's benefiting from the smuggling- Idaho and Oregon in this case- often go along with the raise taxes argument.

    I've read the argument more than once: "We're not charging nearly as much tax on cigarettes as they are. We should raise ours to match theirs". They don't realize they're already getting more money from the states with the higher taxes.

  • William of Purple||

    Didn't we have this discussion last night?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Bongs Grocery and Deli? They should get shut down for having that name.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Shut down? They are in Washington State, the name alone probably brings 30% of their walk-in traffic.

    Now for the issue of if it is a really bright idea to name your store that and sell tax reduced cigarettes there, or do anything else "illegal," that is another matter.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Yes, those things are good ideas.

  • np||

  • Almanian!||

    So what are you, Linnekin, Tuccille's shadow.

    This subject was barely interesting YESTERDAY, WHEN WE FIRST SAW IT.

    /bitchy hissy fit

  • Almanian!||

    OK, what's the Joe'z Law equivalent to "I mean Sebens"...

    /wrong article, idiot

  • GroundTruth||

    "But he added it would help if Oregon and Idaho raised their taxes because he doesn’t see Washington moving toward a decrease."

    Sort of like saying "Well, if you'd start beating your wife too, then I wouldn't look so bad when I beat mine."

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Whether or not sales taxes are acceptable with minarchist libertarianism is debatable, but all excise taxes are undebatably unlibertarian. Fucking flat sales tax or no sales tax.

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