Supported and pushed by Republican Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck and backed by Democratic lawmakers, the issue caught the public’s attention then and does now.
The political math is simple:
Mississippi has the highest sales tax on food in the nation.
Mississippi has the third lowest cigarette tax.
Polls consistently show overwhelming support for raising the tobacco tax.
Nobody has to smoke.
Everyone has to eat.
Would seem easy, right?
Gov. Haley Barbour, with the help of some Mississippi mayors, lobbyists and a senator who refused to let the bill out of his committee, stopped it.