Oklahoma gets more out of tribal tobacco sales
The state of Oklahoma is seeing more and more tobacco tax revenues thanks to new tribal compacts.

The state took in $46.3 million in 2008, up from $28 million in 2007. In December 2008 alone, the state's take nearly doubled.

The rise coincides with new compacts that Gov. Brad Henry (D) and state Treasurer Scott Meacham negotiated. "Every time we turn around, there’s another compact," Keith Kinnamon, the chairman of the Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Advisory Committee, told The Oklahoman.

Some tribes have complained about the state's heavy-handed tactics. Kinnamon thinks Henry and Meacham have too much power to negotiate deals.

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