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Wis. budget panel changes tobacco tax plan

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's finance committee has added a provision to the state budget that changes the tax structure on chewing tobacco.

Under current law, the tax on chewing tobacco is based on the price. The provision the Republican-controlled committee adopted Tuesday would tax chewing tobacco at a rate of $1.76 per ounce. The measure would require a minimum tax of $2.11 per can or package if it weighs less than 1.2 ounces.

According to state fiscal analysts, the change would reduce the tax on most premium brands of chewing tobacco.

Anti-tobacco groups say the change would make tobacco cheaper for younger people, making it harder for them to quit.

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