Will smoking ban be another slap in the face for Michigan economy?
May 08, 2008
While Michigan's upcoming smoking ban might be good for the health of state citizens, it won't be healthy for the state's economy?
The state's very stressed treasury depends on the high per pack tax revenue and moves to limit smoking will undoubtedly affect how much money state government has to spend.
The fact that the ban has gotten this far in the Michigan Legislature is an encouragement for those concerned that its term-limited members couldn't resolve controversial issues. With so many different interest groups involved, especially casinos, restaurants and bars, it would be instructive to hear the details.