Oregon Voters Reject Tobacco Tax Ballot Measure To Fund Children's Health

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Oregon voters rejected a measure to increasethe state cigarette tax by 84.5 cents per pack to fund health carecoverage for uninsured children, the AP/Houston Chroniclereports.

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The proposal would have provided health coverage for about100,000 children. Tobacco companies spent about $12 million to opposethe measure, which beat out spending in support of the measure by a 4-1margin. Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) said, "What happened was the tobaccoindustry bought the election" (Danborn, AP/Houston Chronicle, 11/7).

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