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Brown administration opens door to cigarette tax, with a caveat
Sacramento Bee

Responding to the Legislature’s renewed attempt to fund healthcare through a cigarette tax, a Brown administration official signaled support if the revenue is properly targeted. “Everything’s on the table from the standpoint that Medi-Cal consumes $93 to $94 billion in funds a year, both state and federal,” said Jennifer Kent, director of the Department of Health Care Services, so “if people are legitimately willing to take a hard look at doing an additional tobacco tax to support those services then we are willing to talk about ways that we would target it to better provide access.”