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Childhood-welfare agency worries proposed cigarette tax increase would reduce funding

Childhood-welfare agency worries proposed cigarette tax increase would reduce funding

Officials at a state childhood-welfare agency funded mostly through state cigarette taxes expressed concern Thursday that proposed legislation for a $2-a-pack tax increase could ultimately cause funding to drop. The agency, First 5 California, already is searching for new sources to replace a decline in tobacco tax revenue, the result of fewer Californians smoking and lower cigarette sales. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: In the July 24 California section, an article about possible effects of a proposed state cigarette tax identified Erin Gabel as the executive director of First 5 California. She is deputy director of First 5 California’s external and governmental affairs...

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