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The Dirty Dozen: 12 States That Bet Big on Sin

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-06-26T17:36:00Z

Photograph by Walter Bibikow/eStock

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Sin Taxes, Percentage of Revenue: 4.39%
Total Sin Tax Revenue (2012): $647.5 million

Sin taxes have risen 29.6 percent over the past 10 years in Wisconsin, which isn’t much compared with the growth in many other states. Wisconsin may get a sin tax revenue boost after July 1, when a cigarette tax increase of $1.60 per pack takes place in neighboring Minnesota, raising the tax on a pack there to $2.83. While Minnesotans have been stocking up on tobacco in anticipation of the tax hike, eventually they may start heading to Wisconsin, where the cigarette tax is $2.52 per pack. That is, of course, unless the cost of gas makes such a trip futile.