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ByJacy Lance

Risalvato discusses how tobacco excise tax hike will harm small businesses(WMBC-TV | wmbcNEWS at Five)

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NJGCA Executive Director, Sal Risalvato, spoke with WMBC News Reporter Melissa Estock on a proposed hike in the federal excise tax on tobacco products. While no one would argue against the harmful effects of smoking, cigarettes are a legal product, sold legally by small business owners. When taxes increase on these products, smokers typically find alternative means of purchasing cigarettes, robbing government coffers of tax dollars and denying convenience store owners the opportunity to sell profitable, ancillary items to their patrons.


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ByJacy Lance

Association retorts to AG’s claims(News12 NJ | Segment 1)

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June 26, 2008 — NJGCA held the press conference in response to Attorney General Anne Milgram announcement that 350 gasoline stations were given violations for “scamming” state motorists as part of a statewide statewide gasoline retailer inspection sweep.

NJGCA Executive Director Sal Risalvato has argued that the allegations are false and utterly misleading.  NJGCA believes that Milgram and public officials are seeking headlines in response to rising consumer anger over gas prices.  In truth, most of the violations were for minor infractions that were administrative in nature, and not dishonest or misleading toward customers.  Nevertheless, the citations made headlines and undeservedly damaged the reputations of small business owners.