Cigarette tax increase could be windfall for Wisconsin's tribes

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If a proposed increase in the cigarette tax passes, Wisconsin’s American Indian tribes stand to receive $81.5 million in refunds over the next two years — triple what the tribes got several years ago. The tax refunds on cigarettes sold by tribal retailers have shot up in recent years, as has the cigarette tax itself, raising objections from other retailers about unfair competition and from public health advocates who want the tax levied on as many packs as possible to stop smoking.