SLODYSKO, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
The leader of the Indiana House says he is willing to back down at least
partially on a proposed $1 cigarette tax increase.
convenience store trade groups have opposed the increase the House endorsed
last month, along with many Republicans in the state Senate. They maintain
the increase would hurt business by encouraging smokers to cross state lines
to buy cheaper cigarettes.
Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday that he's willing to curtail the increase
to about 60 cents. He says that would bring cigarette taxes in line with
The measure is just
one of several tax increases House Republicans have proposed this year to
help cover the costs of a long-term infrastructure funding plan.