Smokers in Alabama could be looking at paying higher taxes than they originally thought. The Alabama House passed legislation last week that would double Alabama's 16.5 cents-a-pack cigarette tax. A Senate committee had been scheduled to consider the tax hike today, but the committee decided to wait.
Committee Chairman Roger Bedford says negotiations are going on about increasing the amount as much as five cents more to help balance the state General Fund budget.
Bedford says he's hopeful of a compromise next week.
The bill passed by the House would have cost a pack-a-day smoker an additional $60 annually in taxes. If the amount goes up another five cents that would mean the pack-a-day smoker would pay $78 in new taxes.