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Senate overrides Sanford's cig tax veto

May 13, 2010 1:18:00 PM - thestate.com
By a vote of 33-13, the S.C. Senate today overrode Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto of a bill to raise the state’s cigarette tax.

The move clears the way to increase the state’s cigarette tax to 57 cents a pack from seven cents, effective July 1.

Sanford vetoed the tax hike Tuesday, saying again he would not approve a tax hike without an offsetting tax cut.

The S.C. House Wednesday overrode Sanford’s veto.

Today’s vote ends a decade-long effort to raise the state’s cigarette tax, a move originally pushed to cut smoking, particularly among teens, but revived by the state’s plummeting revenues.

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