It’s not enough for Mr. Salty to butt into the business of states with reasonable gun laws. Now he’s heading to California to urge the nearly-bankrupt state to jack up taxes on smokers, because they’re evil people or something and deserve no mercy.
Mayor Bloomberg is taking on the tobacco industry again — only this time, in California.
Reaching across the country, the mayor yesterday pledged up to $500,000 to support a June 5 referendum to increase California’s tax on a pack of cigarettes from $1 to $1.87.
The mayor said he was putting up the money to help counter a $40 million ad campaign by tobacco companies to defeat the measure, Proposition 29.
“It’s time to level the playing field,” Bloomberg said.