The Property Rights Newsletter

September 2, 2011 - Issue #628

"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist
is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."
- Mark Twain
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From The Mailbag
GA: Vote on Expanded Smoking Ban Delayed in Georgia’s DeKalb County. "It should be up to the business owner to determine his enterprise’s smoking policy. It’s just not right for politics and government to interfere with private ownership and the inherent rights of business owners," McCalla added.
IN: Governor Challenged on Smoking Ban View. "If a smoking ban in gaming establishments could negatively impact an industry which generates huge tax revenues for the state, it should be obvious that it could also hurt many other businesses as well. Furthermore, veterans, members of fraternal clubs as well as those Indiana constituents in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities should be allowed the same freedom of choice that other Hoosiers enjoy," he said.
MI: Bar, restaurant owners angry over smoking ban plan to exclude lawmakers. Bar and restaurant owners upset about Michigan's workplace smoking ban have a ban of their own in the works. Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan said Tuesday that about 500 bars statewide plan to ban state lawmakers from their premises. It would start Sept. 1. Excluding the lawmakers is a way for critics to draw attention to what they say are the harmful effects of the smoking ban.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! USA ALERT: Bill Could Raise Tobacco Taxes. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has introduced S. 1403 in the U.S. Senate, a bill to reauthorize and fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The tax on Pipe Tobacco alone would go from $2.8311 Per Pound to $49.55 Per Pound. The same product packaged as RYO Tobacco would go from $24.78 Per Pound to $49.55 Per Pound
Sweden: Council touts work at home smoking ban. Landskrona municipality in southern Sweden is mulling introducing a ban on staff smoking during working hours, even if they are working from home. The initiative, which will not apply to politicians in the municipality, has been criticised by the health and safety officer, according to the local Helsingborgs Dagblad daily. "Moralistic and ridiculous," said Högni Hansson.
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