The Omaha City Council approved a 3% occupation tax on tobacco products Tuesday. State Senator Bob Krist of Omaha says this tax does not fit the definition of an occupation tax.
Krist says this is an excise tax, otherwise known as a sin tax. He is planning legislation to restrict the use of occupation taxes by municipalities by redefining exactly what an occupation tax is. He fears if it is tobacco now it will be alcohol, sugar or fried food tomorrow.