cigarette tax http://tspr.org en Jury Out on Impact of Cigarette Tax Hike http://tspr.org/post/jury-out-impact-cigarette-tax-hike <p>A little more than a year ago, Illinois nearly doubled its cigarette tax to $1.98. The goal was to raise $350 million to help support the Medicaid system, but that mark hasn’t been reached. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:29:39 +0000 Chris Lovingood 36934 at http://tspr.org Jury Out on Impact of Cigarette Tax Hike Quinn Medicaid Rx Encounters Opposition http://tspr.org/post/quinn-medicaid-rx-encounters-opposition <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said it&#39;s time for state lawmakers to &quot;step forward&quot; and rescue the state&#39;s Medicaid system, even if requires some painful decisions.<br /><br />The Democratic governor wants lawmakers to approve his plan for filling a $2.7 billion hole in the system. It includes reducing services for the poor, cutting payments to health-care providers, and raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack.<br /> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:51:00 +0000 Rich Egger 13775 at http://tspr.org Quinn Medicaid Rx Encounters Opposition