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Court upholds cigarette fee

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled the state's new cigarette fee is constitutional.

In a Tuesday afternoon ruling, the court said the 75-cent-a-pack fee does not violate a 1998 settlement reached with big tobacco companies. The tobacco makers and sellers said the 1998 deal forbid the state from implementing such a fee. The court disagreed.

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Tuesday's ruling overturns a Ramsey County District Court decision that found the fee unconstitutional.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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