On September 8, 2017, Governor Dannel Malloy delivered a compromise budget to the Connecticut legislature that contains an outrageous 75% wholesale tax on vapor products and a $2.00/oz hike in the tax on smokeless tobacco (bringing the total tax to $3.00/oz).
Complicating matters is the fact that Connecticut has been without a budget for more than two months. This is contributing to an urgency to pass this budget this week.
Please take action now and send a message to Governor Malloy and key lawmakers in the Connecticut legislature urging them to remove this tax proposal from the 2018-2019 budget.
Remember to make a call today too. The important numbers and talking points for you to use on your call are listed below.
Joint Committee on Appropriations
Paul M. Formica (R-S20)
Catherine A. Osten (D-S19)
Toni E. Walker (D-H093)
Melissa H. Ziobron (R-H034)
When you call, your message is simple:
- State that you are opposed to enacting a 75% wholesale tax on vapor products.
- “Please do not raise taxes on low-risk, smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products.”
- Share your story about how vaping or switching to a low-risk tobacco product has helped you.