Montana voters rejected Initiative 185 (I-185), a $74 million tobacco tax increase that would have permanently expanded Medicaid.
When Montana lawmakers passed Medicaid expansion in 2015, they included a sunset provision in the law to make sure they could evaluate the program’s effectiveness and control costs and spending. But I-185 would have locked the massive government program in place, bypassing the Legislature and making permanent a program that was designed to be re-evaluated. By eliminating the sunset and making the program permanent, taxpayers would be obligated to spend tens of millions of dollars more without the oversight promised when this program was first created.
The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), formerly AWMA, is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $92 billion in U.S convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats. Associate members include leading convenience product manufacturers, brokers, retailers, suppliers and others allied to the industry.