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