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Crackdown on cigarette
smuggling, counterfeit cigarettes
advanced by Senate panel

Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Christopher Baxter

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Posted By:Ribicon, 2/21/2013 10:02:13 PM

Trenton — A Senate panel today advanced legislation to crackdown on cigarette smuggling, a problem with deep roots in New Jersey, and to increase penalties for importing, selling, distributing, transporting or possessing with intent to sell counterfeit cigarettes.(Snip) A report by the state Treasury Department completed in 2008, and made public in 2011, found about 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked in New Jersey were smuggled illegally, resulting in a loss of more than $500 million in uncollected tax revenue each year. The percentage was found to be the worst of any state, largely because of New Jersey´s relatively high

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NJ has sky-high taxes on cigarettes, winds up losing huge amounts of money because criminals skirt the tax. Typical Northeast solution would be to raise the taxes even higher, to make up for the shortfall.

NJ also has very deep ties to organized crime, and surprise, the laws the state government passes just happen to benefit organized crime.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/21/2013 10:36:39 PM     (No. 9189932)

Wow, who couldn´t see this coming?
They crank the taxes sky-high on a legal product. Then, when the inevitable happens (products on the black market increase), then need to spend money to put a stop to something that they created - - which means spending MORE money.
So which would be worse? Cutting the taxes back to somewhere reasonable, or having to spend even more to put a crimp in the black market so that the sky-high taxes can regain a foothold?

What a quandary. And to think, it was government intervention that caused it all.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/22/2013 2:23:27 AM     (No. 9190071)

Perfect example of liberals driving faster in the wrong direction.If they lowered taxes it would kill off the black market and people from nearby high tax states would do cigarette tourism.The left,giving up a tax is beyond their comprehension no matter how obvious it is to do so.

These people also think you can punish people into quitting,like double premiums in Obamacare for smokers,while omitting dozens of other behaviors that ring up healthcare costs.

If the left really had their way,they´d give people free hardcore drugs while saying it would reduce crime.

"Nobody should have to endure the hardship of having to steal everyday".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/22/2013 4:06:01 AM     (No. 9190112)

Surprise. It´s all about money. What is NJ and every other high tax state going to do when the black market thrives on everything else these dumb demonrat infested states raise taxes on?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: olcap, 2/22/2013 5:15:24 AM     (No. 9190147)

Our country has been fully taken over by the mob.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: provide, 2/22/2013 7:08:38 AM     (No. 9190221)

Yeah, more Russian immigration out of the shadows.

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