It looks as though the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will begin considering another tax increase for tobacco products sold here. We hope this move isn’t in lieu of making tougher decisions needed to balance the city’s budget.
Smokers, and tobacco users in general, are easy targets when municipalities need an immediate cash infusion to balance the books. Voters tend to agree. In 2003, and again in 2009, voters were 2-1 in favor of raising the tobacco excise tax. We’d expect another vote to show similar results.