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Opponents and proponents of a tobacco tax hike on the November ballot are making their cases to voters.
Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association Executive Director Ron Leone (left) and Representative Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) debate Proposition B in a forum hosted by the Missouri Student Association.
Proponents of Proposition B say it would generate an estimated 283 million dollars for education and smoking cessation programs, by raising taxes on tobacco products.
Executive Director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, Ron Leone, opposes Proposition B. He argues there is no guarantee any additional money raised would go to education.
“While this will in fact put more money into the kitty, that’s no guarantee that current appropriations won’t be reduced by the same amount. So when you have … let’s say this generates $100 million dollars for higher ed, let’s just use that as an example ……

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.


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