What is going on here in Wisconsin?
Some tobacco shops are closing their doors after state revenue agents told them to pay manufacturers’ taxes for their roll-your-own cigarette machines. Kent Krueger opened the Ciggy Shack in Menomonee Falls in May with two roll-your-own machines. But after the state told him last month that he must pay both manufacturers’ and distributors’ taxes, Krueger shut down.
And here from Governor Walker.
Governor Walker disputed the idea Oct. 5 that a tax crackdown on roll-your-own tobacco shops means that Wisconsin is no longer “open for business.” At his news conference, Walker defended the law that requires roll-your-own tobacco shops to pay both manufacturing and distributors’ taxes.
The governor says being open-for-business means what he called “certainty” – and part of the certainty is to apply state laws to everyone across-the-board. Walker says he’s not picking “winners and losers.”
Mr. Walker, this is fuel to your possible recall for next year. Admit you made a mistake and back off on these businesses. Wondering if the power in Madison is affecting some?