The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Alina Sturgess
Community News Service UM School of Journalism 

I-185 would raise tobacco tax to expand Medicaid coverage


October 10, 2018

Flyers from both sides of the I-185 debate filled mailboxes across the state during this fall's campaign.

Montana smokers could be on the hook for an additional $2 per pack if ballot initiative Initiative 185 passes. The tobacco industry is shelling out big bucks in hopes it won't happen.

It's a big reason your mailbox is stuffed this election season with flyers arguing its pros and cons.

The initiative's backers see its passage as a "win-win." Higher taxes for tobacco products could discourage their use and perhaps reduce medical problems they cause. The extra money raised would help expand Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides medical care to poorer Montanans.

Without the initia...

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