Smokers are apparently finding ways to avoid Wisconsin’s cigarette tax.
It’s now estimated the 75-cent a pack tax that took effect in September will generate $92 million less revenue for the state than originally projected. Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says that’s not a big surprise. He says the hike gave the Badger State one of the highest tobacco taxes in the nation, and also the Midwest.
As a result, he says many smokers are likely crossing the borders to neighboring states with a lower tax or are finding ways to buy cigarettes online. Berry also suspects a black market for tobacco products has cropped up, with many people trying to find cheaper smokes.
Wisconsin’s cigarette tax is sixth highest in the country.
AUDIO: John Colbert reports (:39)