June 6, 2013
Yesterday, the Delaware House Revenue & Finance Committee tabled H.B. 138, a bill that would have increased the taxes on a variety of tobacco products, including cigars, from 15 percent to 30 percent of the wholesale price. On a 6-2 vote, the bill—introduced by Rep. Michael Barbieri (D-Newark)—was tabled, a victory for Delaware cigar smokers.
But that wasn’t the only problem.
The bill was introduce to the committee on May 14 forcing Griffith, Conley and others to mobilize quickly, which Griffith indicated they did to early success.
“It was pretty clear from the beginning that the pro business members of the committee were against any kind of tax increases in what is promoted as a pro-business, pro-small business, state.”
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