State Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) recently proposed two tobacco-related tax increases in the Minnesota Senate. One would increase the price of “little cigars.” Under her proposal, Nelson says that they would be taxed an additional $4 per pack, bringing their cost to around $6. The second proposal would increase the cost of cigarettes by $1.29 per pack.
The cigarette tax proposal is an annual one for Sen. Nelson. She pushed the same legislation during the 2012 legislative session, when Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate.