Louisianians Against Tobacco Taxes to fight governor's proposed $1.05 increase in cigarette tax
Owners of convenience stores and discount stores around the state are joining forces to oppose the $1.05 increase in the tax on cigarettes, one of Governor Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals.
Discount store owner John Gielen, who sells cigarettes and other tobacco products, says he expects to lose business if the tax increase passes, and the loss could be substantial for convenience stores as 38 percent of their sales is tobacco products.
"Chances are we're gonna have to cut back on our expenses, and that means labor being your biggest expense, we're gonna have to cut back in that area," Gielen said.
Gielen, a member of Louisianians Against Tobacco Taxes, says the group plans to lobby against all tax increases on tobacco products.