One part of the state budget that will inevitably affect everyone is the one percent sales tax increase. That hike may seem insignificant to some, but even a dime here and there can add up.
The budget also targets folks with vices. People who smoke tobacco and drink malt liquor will see a tax increase as well. For one local cigar shop owner, the state is shaking up an industry that is already struggling.
"Let me tell you, a ten percent tobacco tax I can eat that, I can absorb a 10 percent tobacco tax. 31 percent, I have to pass on to my consumer," said Frank Bullara, owner of Bugsy’s Cigars.
The most popular cigar at Bugsy’s costs around $5 dollars. With the new tax, that will bring it up to a little over $6 dollars. The idea behind hiking up sales and sin taxes is to make up for the decline in revenue in our state.