Analysis Of Colorado 's Cigarette Tax Essay
The State of Colorado along with the states of California, Missouri and North Dakota all had initiatives on the November 8, 2016 ballot to increase tobacco taxes. The revenue generated from taxes can fund prevention programs and contribute to improving the health of citizens by preventing tobacco-related disease and death. This paper addresses the challenges in policymaking and the power that stakeholders and special interest group have in making an amendment pass or fail at a state level.
2016 Tobacco Tax Initiatives
An initiated state statute put the tobacco tax or Amendment 72 onto the November 8, 2016 election ballot. An initiative statute makes it to the ballot through a collection of necessary signatures by special interest groups and individuals. California, Colorado, Missouri and North Dakota all had cigarette tobacco tax increase initiatives on their state ballots this year. Amendment 72 proposed to increase cigarette taxes on a pack of cigarettes from $0.84 to $2.59 with similar increases in the other states. However, California placed Proposition 56 on the ballot through a combined initiated constitutional amendment along with the state statute. California was the only state that proposed the constitutional amendment change and the only state that reached voter approval on the tobacco tax increase. These California constitutional changes remove the tax revenue from going into the state’s general fund and…