Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tennessee Up In Smoke

Tennessee just began its "Cigarette Surveillance program"
Starting today, state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states, then charging them with a crime and, in some cases, seizing their cars.
In Tennessee I guess it is more of a crime to buy lots of cigarettes in a neighboring state to avoid high Tennessee taxes then it is to allow illegal immigrants to come in and live in their state.
While Immigration and Naturalization Services arrests of illegal aliens have risen since September 11, 2001, the agency says it is unlikely to arrest “the average individual with no arrest record and no prior run-ins with INS,” due to lack of manpower. The INS has only 20 agents to cover Tennessee, the east half of Arkansas, and the top half of Mississippi.
So while they have more agents inspecting cars for cigarettes, they don't have enough manpower to round up illegal aliens.

Go figure.

I guess they need those higher cigarette taxes to pay for illegal aliens being in their schools and using Tennessee social services and medical care.

1 comment:

Eric Holcombe said...

Judy, keep in mind our state has had a half-BILLION dollar over-collection of sales taxes each of the last two years.

Would you respond with:
a) Tax refunds
b) Lowering the 7% tax rate on food
c) Implement unconstitutional budget increases, spend every dime of the surplus starting new programs and raise the taxes on cigarettes 210%

Oh, and the democrat governor has already responded that the illegal immigration problem is a "federal" issue. Apparently interstate commerce isn't....