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Florida Supremes get one right July 6, 2006

Posted by daveintexas in Bidness, Politics, uh.

Upheld the appellate court’s rejection of a $14.5 billion judgement against Big Tobacco.

Apparently we are not tired of bleeding Altria and RJR.  Don’t get me started on the obscenity that is the Master Settlement Agreement and certain Attorneys General whose cousins and brothers got hired on that mess.

Word of caution to governments and states who make a hell of a lot of money off of cigarettes: you’re getting dangerously close to killing the goose.

Full disclosure: I’m an ex-smoker.

Not one of those kinds either.  You know who I’m talking about.  Those people drive me nuts too.



1. Innocent Bystanders » Florida Supremes get one right - July 6, 2006

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2. mary - July 8, 2006

I still haven’t heard where all the money Texas supposedly got from big tobacco went. Do you know?

3. Dave in Texas - July 8, 2006

Why yes, as a matter of fact, I know exactly where it went (goes actually, there are on-going payments).

The Texas Attorney General’s office receives payment and forwards it to the Comptroller. The funds are then distributed to the counties by percentage of population.

In Texas, funds received from the State that are undesignated (as well as many designated funds) are received by the county Commissioner’s Court. How the money is spent is decided by the County Commisioners.

Most of us have been led to believe that these monies are being withdrawn to offset health care costs, stop-smoking campaigns and education about tobacco. Here in my own county, a large not-for-profit (43C I believe, in IRS-speak) medical hospital and clinic appealed to the Commisioner’s Court for part of these dollars for just these purposes.

Know what the commissioners did instead?

They did what gets them re-elected. Built bridges and roads and told the clinic to go pound sand.

Now I’m sure some would argue “yeah, well, they directed funds to health care and therefore ignored other county needs”.

But those people are morons, and they’re wrong. So don’t listen to them.

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