Nebraska Bill Could Torpedo Omaha's Tobacco Tax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Nebraska state senator says he will introduce legislation next month that would either change or kill the city of Omaha's new tax on tobacco products.

Omaha Sen. Bob Krist plans to introduce a bill once lawmakers convene.

Krist sent a letter to Omaha City Council President Tom Mulligan this week to inform him about the bill and to ask that the city hold off on implementing the tax until July 2013.

The city's tobacco tax is set to go into effect next month. Some of the proceeds will help pay for a new cancer center facility for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Stores that sell the products say it will cost them customers and force them to cut jobs.

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