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    Tag: Smoking

    Michigan Makes Top 10 List

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:01:31 PM EST
    Tags: Smoking, Taxes, Homestead Property Tax Credit, Fleecing Geezers, State Income Tax Hike too, Subsidizing Democratic voting Detroit, Item Pricing was a drag on business?, a Piker By Comparison, Michigan Beverage Container Act 1976, 445.571 - 445.576, Fraud Issues, Act 388 of 2008, Interstate Commerce Issues, Lawyer payday, Taxpayers screwed again, Business too, Recycling Bins - USE THEM, Repeal MBCA, AG Schuette don't appeal this loser, Gas Tax Hike scheme next? (all tags)

    via Mackinac Center

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today released its latest estimates for cigarette smuggling rates in 47 of the 48 contiguous states, including Michigan, which saw its overall rate increase 12.7 percent -- from just over 26 percent to almost 29.3 percent. Michigan has the 10th highest smuggling rate in the nation.

    "People don't realize the degree to which government induces illegal and dangerous activity with bad policy," said Michael LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center's Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative. "In this case, individuals cross borders for personal smokes and an organized, criminal class brings in contraband cigarettes by the van full."

    "With high taxes on cigarettes, states are creating a 'prohibition by price,' and with all of the same consequences of real Prohibition," said LaFaive.


    Cross the border for a legal product at a better price for myself?  You damn right I do.  Big spending, never met a tax it didn't like Lansing, should consider itself lucky they don't get the cans/bottles too.

    (1 comment) Comments >>


    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 09:29:53 AM EST
    Tags: Smoking, Taxes, Michigan (all tags)

    Interesting Mackinac Center piece..

    If anyone has ever wondered what the REAL reason for the commerce 'clause' was..  Bone up and compare, contrast, this may be as close as anything gets.

    Update [2010-12-17 9:36:4 by JGillman]: More over at Cap Con.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Up In Smoke: Sources and Zealots

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Tue Nov 30, 2010 at 03:13:58 PM EST
    Tags: MLLC, BLS, Smoking, Zealots, Ohio, Minnesota, Holland, Community (all tags)

    Yannow, it really never ceases to amaze me that when one is presented with information available by sources responsible to its respective body be it us citizens or a membership, it still just isn't good enough or flawed.

    Today that amazement reared its ugly head again.

    But, before going forward...

    Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.  ~Ira Gassen

    (9 comments, 907 words in story) Full Story

    Our Sunday Feature

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 04:31:38 PM EST
    Tags: Walter E Williams, Smoking, Private Property, Michigan, Smoking Ban (all tags)

    This man is one of the most brilliant conservatives around.  Given that we in Michigan have recently had our private property rights abridged, I thought it appropriate as a Sunday Feature.

    (1 comment) Comments >>


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 08:51:01 AM EST
    Tags: smoking, bans, constitutionality, Michigan, Legislature, Business, Job Loss (all tags)

    That is how the owners of small bars and restaurants across the state of Michigan are feeling.

    Since the ban on smoking in such establishments has been implemented, there has been a dramatic DECREASE in attendance at these locations.  Profits are down, and more businesses suffer under the heavy hand of our state government, and the do-gooders who inhabit it.  From Mlive:

    The Home Bar on Portage Street in Kalamazoo this month has seen sales plummet nearly 50 percent, said owner Harriet Bronson. In her 37 years at the bar, it's never been this bad.

    "It's terrible -- slow, slow, slow," said Bronson, who's had to cut the hours of some of her employees.

    Smaller bars like the Home Bar should have been allowed to decide if they wanted to go smoke free, she said.

    "The state's in bad enough shape as it is," she said.  "I hope people come back, but we'll see."
    Denise Bilyeu, manager at Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Allegan, said business has been down 15 percent to 20 percent since the law took effect.  The biggest dip in sales has been at night with the "party-crowd folks," she said.

    The "party-crowd" folks simply went home... Didn't they?

    (10 comments, 659 words in story) Full Story

    Eat a hearty breakfast lads.. for tomorrow

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 03:38:37 PM EST
    Tags: Smoking, Abusive law, Michigan, Bans, Liberty, Restaurants, Hookah Bars, Cigar Bars, 48169 (all tags)

    We Dine in zip code 48169...

    Michigan.. and maybe all other locations not populated with a great amount of restaurants.

    Aw shucks, if only you didn't smoke.  If you do, maybe you can find a speakeasy that allows such things to go on without the interfering nonsense by "the man."  Maybe one with a good 10 year old "look out" who can make funny noises when a health department stooge is strolling by..  MAYBE they can incorporate a good FATTY FOOD into their menu to irritate the next batch of do gooders who want to save you from yourself.

    Even the Hookah bar owners are a little angry now.  But the Arab American population in Michigan sure didn't voice its opposition at the right time to the smoking ban that they too could gain the exalted exemption like those cigar bars and casinos.

    (2 comments, 537 words in story) Full Story

    Smoke em while you got em..

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 10:15:46 AM EST
    Tags: Cigarettes, Smoking, Fire Safe Cigarettes, FSC, Michigan (all tags)

    Your lungs that is..

    While our state became the 30 plusish state to jump on a FSC (Fire safe cigarette) bandwagon, I wonder if our leadership would care to ponder the wisdom of such a move?  Perhaps those who blindly follow the lead of other not-so-informed legislatures in their zeal to enforce new fire codes (essentially what this is)have been sniffing a little too much glue?

    Carpet glue actually..  And not just sniffing it..  Burning it, THEN sniffing it.

    Yep.. there is more..

    (3 comments, 798 words in story) Full Story

    The cost...

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 07:54:55 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Smoking, Smokers, Cigarettes, Business (all tags)

    One of our most esteemed regulars, Corinthian Scales, has in one of his comments pointed out another brilliant article by economist Walter E Williams.

    Michigan has come to a fork in the road, and instead of left or right, it has driven itself into the ditch. It should be noted that in the case of the new ban on smoking, it does come at a financial cost.

    The cost to nonsmokers to impose their will on smokers, say, in a restaurant, bar or airplane, is zero, or close to it. They just have to get the legislature to do their bidding. When the cost of something is zero, there's a tendency for people to take too much of it. You say, "Williams, in my book, there can never be too much smoke-free air!" Here's a little test. Say your car's out of gas and stuck in a blizzard. You wave me down for assistance. I say, "I'll be glad to give you a lift to safety, but I'm smoking in my car." How likely is it that you'll turn down my assistance in an effort to avoid tobacco smoke? You might be tempted to argue, "That's different." It's not different at all. The cost of a smoke-free environment is not what you're willing to pay.

    Perhaps we wont be stuck in the blizzard, but we will wind up with revenues to the state treasury being reduced.

    (6 comments, 842 words in story) Full Story

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