Sunday, March 03, 2002

fighting cancer in delaware
The State of Delaware makes no pretensions when it comes to passing an increase in taxes on cigarettes. The primary focus isn't on helping the State's economy by this sin tax of 50 cents per pack. The purpose is to get less people to smoke. The tax increase, and approximately 100 other steps have been suggested by a 14 member committee as means to turn around the terrible record Delaware has as a state where cancer has taken a strong foothold.

In this time of tight budgets, the suggested projects will cost millions of dollars. The State can't afford to pay raises to its employees, and have asked for cuts across the board in budgets of all state agencies. While I'm for increasing the health of citizens across the state, maybe we should also be looking at ways for the government to run more effectively while spending less money.

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