Burchett: Cigarette Tax is Quick Fix for Education


Nashville (WVLT) - Governor Phil Bredesen's proposed cigarette tax increase is drawing criticism.


The plan would provide Tennessee schools with more than $119 million in new state money from the 40-cents-per pack-increase, but each school system would get the money on the basis of the number of "at-risk" students in each district.


Senator Tim Burchett says we need to work on fixing the basic education program formula, rather than relying on a quick fix.


"It's very short-sided on our part to look at this quick little bump we're gonna get from the cigarette tax and the reality is, of course, that when you put a tax on something like cigarettes, the use obviously goes down and you'll receive less money in the future," says State Senator Tim Burchett.
Senate Democrats disagree. Democratic Leader Senator Jim Kyle said, "Any senator that doesn’t want to back the cigarette tax needs to explain to the people of Tennessee why we don’t need this education initiative."
"You can’t pay for this education initiative without the tobacco tax," Kyle continued.


Knox County would get roughly $3.3 million dollars of the new money, Anderson County $1.1million, Blount County would get more than $1.5 million, Hamblen County would receive $1.77 million and Sevier County Schools would get $2.47 million.



























































































































































































































School Systems

At-Risk

Growth

Total BEP Improvemnent

McMinn

$774,000

$349,000

$1,123,000

-Athens City

$249,000

$6,000

$255,000

-Etowah City

$53,000

 

$53,000

Meigs

$374,000

 

$374,000

Knox

$3,345,000

 

$3,345,000

Cumberland

$1,097,000

$3,000

$1,100,000

Blount

$1,013,000

$558,000

$1,571,000

-Alcoa City

$154,000

$77,000

$231,000

-Maryville City

$223,000

$239,000

$462,000

Sevier

$1,557,000

$915,000

$2,472,000

Campbell

$1,292,000

 

$1,292,000

Fentress

$464,000

$28,000

$492,000

Morgan

$629,000

$396,000

$1,025,000

Rhea

$696,000

$314,000

$1,010,000

-Dayton City

$121,000

$11,000

$132,000

Roane

$959,000

 

$959,000

Scott

$705,000

 

$705,000

-Oneida SSD

$240,000

$53,000

$293,000

Anderson

$764,000

$357,000

$1,121,000

-Clinton City

$97,000

 

$97,000

-Oak Ridge City

$301,000

$167,000

$468,000

Loudon

$570,000

$249,000

$819,000

-Lenoir City

$303,000

$233,000

$536,000

Monroe

$951,000

$160,000

$1,111,000

-Sweetwater City

$298,000

$68,000

$366,000

Cocke

$1,052,000

 

$1,052,000

-Newport City

$98,000

$7,000

$105,000

Hamblen

$1,247,000

$528,000

$1,775,000

Claiborne

$978,000

$347,000

$1,325,000

Grainger

$616,000

270,000

$886,000

Hancock

$280,000

 

$280,000

Hawkins

$1,252,000

$189,000

$1,441,000

-Rogersville City

$75,000

$29,000

$104,000

Jefferson

$1,073,000

$242,000

$1,315,000

Union

$615,000

 

$615,000



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