A commercial asks why convenience stores are against the new tobacco tax (Missouri Amendment 3). Here’s why: A smoker in Raytown needs to buy a carton of smokes. That’s 10 packs and $8 of new tax.
That smoker, like many in Missouri, lives close to a state line. The smoker goes to Kansas to buy cigarettes and avoids the higher tax.
While buying cigarettes, the smoker also buys gasoline, a drink, some candy and a newspaper. That money has left Missouri never to return because of the increased tobacco tax. That smoker will probably start shopping more often in Kansas rather than Missouri. Missouri loses out on the new tax money and much more tax money besides.
That is why convenience stores are against Amendment 3. Pure economics that anyone but a politician can understand.
Calvin L. Oyler