Conn. cigarette tax hike raises more than expected

HARTFORD - (AP) - Connecticut's $1-a-pack tax hike oncigarettes has brought in $5 million more in revenue than expectedsince the increase went into place last October.

The Hartford Courant reports that the state collected $5 millionmore than the anticipated $99.3 million extra. Total revenue fromstate cigarette taxes now $3 a pack was about $380 million in thefiscal year that ended June 30.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures,Connecticut now has the fourth-highest state cigarette excise taxin the country, after New York, Rhode Island and Washington state.

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