Poll says Hoosiers support cigarette tax increase

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A new poll shows Indiana voters of all party and political affiliations strongly support raising the state’s cigarette tax by $2.00 a pack as a smart solution to improve Indiana’s critically poor public health rankings, save Hoosier lives, and develop a strong workforce. Seventy percent of voters overall support the $2 increase with some revenue being dedicated to tobacco prevention programs to keep kids from using tobacco and help smokers quit. The poll also finds that two-thirds of voters are more likely to support a state legislator who supports a tobacco tax increase.Nearly eight-in-10 (78 percent) of voters said they would be more likely to support a state legislator who says that “Indiana has to be willing to spend money to improve its poor public health rating; it’s not enough to be a top ten business state, Indiana needs to strive to be a top 10 healthy state.” Indiana is behind the curve on public health. Since Indiana last increased its cigarette tax in July 2007, 35 states and DC have increased their cigarette tax rates 70 times.“As Indiana legislators address the state’s potential budget deficit and aim to improve the state’s competitiveness, these poll findings show that voters have a rather clear message for them: raise the state’s cigarette tax significantly,” said Christine Matthews, President of Bellwether Research & Consulting, which conducted the polling. “A $2.00-per-pack increase will help the state combat the budget challenges, improve the state’s workforce, make Hoosiers healthier, and improve the state’s standing compared with other states.”When asked about potential ways the legislature could address the state’s potential revenue gap – including a gaming income tax increase, a toll road fee increase on all vehicles, and a sales tax on services – the results were strikingly clear. Voters strongly supported only one: increasing the state’s cigarette tax.Experts estimate that a $2.00 increase in the state’s cigarette tax would generate more than $2.6 billion in long-term health care cost savings and over $350 million in new revenue in the first year alone. Such an increase would also help 70,000 adults quit smoking, prevent 14,000 smoking-affected pregnancies, stop 12,000 youth under 18 from ever becoming smokers, and would prevent 58,000 children now under 18 from becoming lifelong adult smokers.Other key findings from the poll include:Hoosier voters do not like how Indiana stacks up with other states on smoking. Fully 80 percent agree with the statement: “Indiana’s smoking rate is among the worst in the nation – ahead of only Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. This is not where the state wants to be – we need to prioritize and fund more programs to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit.”Support for a $2.00 cigarette tax increase is higher among women (74 percent) than men (65 percent) and notably high among college-educated women (82 percent).In addition to tobacco prevention, voters support the cigarette tax revenue going toward a number of other state priorities, including: the Healthy Indiana Plan that provides health insurance for low-income Hoosiers (79 percent), hire additional caseworkers at the Department of Child Services (78 percent), fund K-12 education (78 percent) and, specifically, increase teacher pay (75 percent).64 percent of Republicans support a $2.00 per pack increase in the cigarette tax; 80 percent of Democrats support the increase.The poll, conducted by Bellwether Research and Consulting and paid for by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, was conducted Dec. 9-12, 2018, of 600 registered Indiana voters with a margin of error of +/- 4%.last_img read more

Holiday Spirit Tour guide available

first_imgNapoleon, IN—Are you like me and have fond Christmas memories driving around in December with your parents (whether forced or willingly), looking at all the Christmas lights, and listening to mom sing along to her favorite Christmas carols on the radio.Well, The Napoleon State Bank is excited to present the 2019 Ripley/Decatur County Christmas Light Map. The map was created to promote this fun, family tradition in our own community. They complied several known great locations in the area and did some research to find more to add to the list. The map covers a variety of destinations for the Holiday season – from tree farms and live Nativities, to epic Christmas light displays and where to see Santa. They even went a step further to give this tradition a fun, new twist, 3D viewing glasses! When you put these on and look at Christmas lights, magical holiday shapes appear at each point of light you look at!They would like to invite anyone to stop into your local NSB branch and pick up your Christmas Light Map and viewing glasses while supplies last, then head out on your own family adventure!last_img read more

Donald Trump reportedly inflated net worth by $4B in bid to buy Buffalo Bills

first_imgAfter questioning from a congressman, Cohen said Trump submitted those documents to a bank in a loan application to bid on the Bills.”These documents and others were provided to Deutsche Bank on one occasion in which I was with him in our attempt to obtain money so that we can put a bid on the Buffalo Bills,” Cohen testified.Exhibit 1c: Donald J. TrumpSummary of Net Worth as of March 31, 2013 pic.twitter.com/9Yk686gHtW— Tim Mak (@timkmak) February 27, 2019“It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes, such as trying to be listed among the wealthiest people in Forbes,” Cohen testified, “and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes.”Inflating assets to secure a financial loan is classified as bank fraud. According to the Buffalo News, a conviction for that offense could lead to a fine of up to $1 million, a prison sentence of up to 30 years, or both.Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula eventually purchased the Bills for $1.4 billion in a deal approved by the NFL in October 2014.Cohen’s statements on the issue (he also said “Mr. Trump is a cheat”) raised eyebrows, but the allegations about trying to mislead a bank need some context. First, any bank is going to carefully parse a document like that before handing out a presumed nine-figure loan. That line item would undoubtedly raise questions. And the “brand value” likely refers to Trump’s self-declared “name” value from his celebrity status as creator of “The Apprentice,” and marketing his name through various other business ventures. That value would be hard to quantify, and estimates could vary widely. Testimony about President Donald Trump’s past business practices riveted political junkies Wednesday, but some sports fans seized on this bizarre nugget: Trump allegedly inflated his net worth by $4 billion in 2014, during the time he was bidding to buy the Buffalo Bills.Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, told a House committee the businessman claimed a net worth of $4.56 billion in a 2012 financial report, but claimed a net worth of $8.66 billion in 2013. That report contained an additional $4 billion line item labeled as “brand value.” The White House did not respond to an inquiry from the Buffalo News for comment. However, earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted his thoughts on Cohen, who pleaded guilty to eight felony charges last year and is set to begin a three-year prison term in May.”Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately),” the president said. “He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time.”last_img read more

NFL free agency rumors: Jets to sign linebacker Anthony Barr

first_imgFormer Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019The 26-year-old tallied 55 total tackles and three sacks for the Vikings last season.Barr was originally selected by Minnesota out of UCLA with the ninth pick in the 2014 draft. He has recorded 13 1/2 sacks in 71 career games. The Jets have added a linebacker.New York is planning to sign free agent Anthony Barr, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. The Jets view Barr as an edge rusher and will continue to pursue adding linebacker C.J. Mosley, according to The Athletic.As I mentioned earlier in the week, the #Jets view Barr as an edge rusher. C.J. Mosley is a middle linebacker. Different positions.The Jets weren’t in the market for Barr OR Mosley*. They were targeting both.TBD if Maccagnan can get it done. https://t.co/cljmt0LAHv— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 12, 2019New York also reportedly agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with wide receiver Jamison Crowder on Monday. Related News NFL rumor roundup: Nick Foles signs with Jaguars; DeSean Jackson traded to Eagleslast_img read more