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That's how the sticker shock has manifested itself at one Twin Cities smoke shop, if a worker there can be believed.
|Moffitt, a former smoker himself, has arguably become Minnesota's leading anti-cigarette activist.|
|Doubling cig taxes may reduce smoking, but it won't necessarily produce a cash infusion for the state.|
|Two GOP senators are proposing a tobacco tax hike.|
If the stress from thinking about Minnesota's budget deficit makes you think about lighting up a smoke, think again. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans would support increasing cigarette state taxes on tobacco to help solve the state's looming $5 billion budget deficit.
More than half the survey respondents would support increased cigarette prices.
Those respondents supporting a tax increase weren't thinking in small numbers: 70 percent of those who favored an increase would approve of raising cigarette prices by up to $1.50.
Carver County has filed public notice in the Chaska Herald that Prince, under his legal name Prince R. Nelson according to the Strib, and his PRN Studios, owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes.
We dug through the legal notices, and sure enough, he and his properties are listed in there right along side regular people who can't make a guitar weep while doing the splits in a sequined suit and high heels. His PRN Music Corp. in Chanhassen Lakes Business Park owes the largest amount listed: $221,891.88.
Like everyone else, Prince must either pay the tax and penalty, plus interest and costs, or file a written objection with the district court administrator by April 21. If he doesn't file an objection, the property could come under court judgment, including the possibility of losing the property through forfeiture.
Here are some of the properties listed:More »
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