In the Kentucky Senate, legislators just got the needed votes to pass the tax increase, which adds 30 cents to the price of a pack of cigarettes and 6 percent to the retail price of alcohol.
The C-J live blog says the 24th and clinching vote came at 11:02 from Sen. Ken Winters of Murray. Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville as among the few no votes, reasoning that the alcohol tax is unfair because it burdens only the counties that sell alcohol.
Reaction will be strong. Here’s a portion of a letter Indiana Rep. Baron Hill sent to the Brown-Forman Corp. this morning. (thanks to Francene!):
Frankly, I was perplexed to read media accounts of your company’s current struggle in Kentucky. While I would not presume to judge the actions of Kentucky state government, I will tell you as a lifelong Hoosier that Indiana values and promotes our signature home state businesses.
Let the backlash begin.