Nutter’s Latest Attack on Sin: Raise the Tobacco Tax

This man does not like fun! First, the ill-fated soda tax. Last month, it was the liquor-by-the-drink tax. Now, Mayor Nutter and Council President Clarke are talking about hiking the tobacco tax. All of it, of course, to help raise $60 million in city funds to close a $300 million education budget shortfall that could leave schools without assistant principals, counselors, and extracurricular activities next year. When you pit cigarettes against schools, it might not be so tough to gain popular support for a tax after all. [Daily News]