As state budgets strain under huge debt loads, they are counting increasingly on "sin taxes," one of the few reliable sources of revenue in these uncertain economic times.

States have profited from the public's voracious appetite for easy money (gambling), nicotine (smoking) and booze (alcohol) for years. Some are more successful at it than others. A few states generate less than 1% of their revenue from preying on their residents' vices while sin accounts for between 5% and nearly 13% of the budgets of others. Some of the difference can be chalked up to varying rates of addiction, but aggressive tax policy also plays a part. Pennsylvania makes the greatest percent of its revenue from gaming taxes of any state. It charges a 55% tax on slot machine proceeds. Conversely, Las Vegas collects only 8%.

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Bank of America violated the 21st Century Act: Final Amendments to Regulation CC Section: http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/press/bcreg/2004/20040726/attachment.pdf

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Businesses owned by the States (Public Corporations) are being sold Stock Shares by Corporations also under the Federal Banking System in this Worldwide "Ponzi Scheme". The World Fortune Company Merrick Inc. Sweden is dissolving Millions and Billions of Dollars from "All Levels of Government"in the U.S. of Financing based upon Years of "negligent inaction" involving this case.

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May 28 2011 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dalibert

Why is everyone critizing back & forth in there comments get out there & do something.Words are cheap!!

May 23 2011 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Morin

You should not be defling the temple of God. The Temple is your body.

May 22 2011 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Morin

No one is forcing you to pay for this stuff. Alcohol, tobacco, gambling... its all optional purchases. It's called a use tax. No one is forcing you to drive either.

May 22 2011 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CITIZENS

Once again RI the highest in over taxing and the lowest in jobs. The Sin TAX is just a scam are goverment uses and has been using for years. Its called tax small groups of people at a time. This way the larger majority will not scream, because it doesn't affect them. RI used the excuse that they where raising the tax on cigaretts so high, because it cost the goverment to take care of people with cancer. Now they are concidering lowering the tax, because they are losing so much money, because everyone is quiting. All they care about is the most dollars not the people. You want to get more revenue, CUT GOVERMENT, CUT ALL YOUR RULES AND REGULATIONS, STAY OUT OF THE SUPPOSENLY FREE AMAERICANS LIVES. Cutting the money to the poor, old, and sick is not the answer. This is just another Political Game. They say they are going to cut the things that really benefit the american people so everyone will not complain about paying taxes. CUT GOVERMENT

May 21 2011 at 1:42 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
JULPRINT

"SIN" just a poor choice for the subject line and another article done in haste

May 21 2011 at 12:27 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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raretoy

anyone who doesn't believe in the relavance of sin should never be offended by the use of the word

May 21 2011 at 3:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
brnygoogl

I didnt know smoking was a sin...does it really say smoking is a sin in the bible???

May 20 2011 at 8:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Charles

It says to abstain from all appearance of evil. That means smoking.

May 20 2011 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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CITIZENS

why is smoking a appearance of evil. says who

May 21 2011 at 1:44 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down
raretoy

well it does say your body is a temple so why deliberately damage what God has created. ( by the way it takes faith to believe in nothing )

May 21 2011 at 3:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
TIME TO WANDER

The body is the temple of the Lord when one becomes saved. Salvation is a simple but true off the Lord gave everyone who would accept him as their personal savior Smoking does harm to his temple.

May 21 2011 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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TIME TO WANDER

In my original reply is it an offer not an off sorry for my misspellingl. Christ died to save us from our sins. He will convict smokers of their less than safe habit

May 21 2011 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
etheyn

This artical is a joke, right LOL

May 20 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
stripedbass7

GOOD MORNING AMERICAHHHHHHH! We have a new tax ! This is the BULLSHIT Tax ! We Politicians BULLSHIT YOU, Then we Tax You. How about a PHARMA DRUG, After it Damages You Tax ? How about a Cola a day, After eats away at your bones tax ? Just more Bullshit, the money wont make it back to any smokers.......The gas tax is suppose to fix the roads, & theyve been collecting that 24/7 for YEARS>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now that they are fixing the roads, Have you NOTICED THE QUALITY ? ? Wow ! Talk about CRAPPY WORKMANSHIP ! The Patches on the Freeways are ROugh ! The Bullshit tax hard at work.

May 20 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
carylschaal

SIN TAX ? JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR THE 'TAXING MONKEYS' TO SAY THEY'RE SCREWING US OUT OF MORE MONEY... NOW THAT'S THE SIN !

May 20 2011 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply