ST. PAUL (Feb. 21, 2013) — As a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Policy Committee, I want to invite you to become informed and involved in one of our policy priorities, increasing the tobacco excise tax in the 2013 Minnesota legislative session.
As you are probably well aware, increasing the tax is one of the most effective ways to decrease tobacco use. So far this legislative session, bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate which would result in a substantial and meaningful tax increase. In addition, the Governor has proposed a tax increase in his budget. In spite of this good news, final approval is far from certain, nor will it be easy to achieve
As you may also know, there is a statewide group of organized supporters for the tobacco tax increase called the Raise it for Health Coalition. I would like to invite you to have your name added to the Coalition’s email distribution list, so you can stay informed about the progress of this legislation, and be aware of when and how action by MCA members can most effectively support passage of a bill.
You can add your name to the distribution list by simply contacting Alexis Bylander with the Coaltion, and providing her with your email address. Alexis can be reached at [email protected] clearwaymn.org. More information about the tobacco tax increase initiative can be found at www.raiseitforhealth.org.
Thank you for considering this request to get individually involved, to support one of the MCA’s priorities. Your actions may make all of the difference!
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