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CLT Update
Tuesday, April 6, 1999

The Boston Globe
Thursday, April 8, 1999

Letters to the Editor

Give tobacco payment to taxpayers as promised

Attorney General Tom Reilly has joined the growing ranks of tobacco settlement historical revisionists ("Spend litigation money on tobacco control - and save children's lives," op ed, April 6). He asserts that the Legislature is being asked to "neglect the original mission of the lawsuit," but he himself neglects it.

The alleged purpose of the litigation, presented in trial court documents, the settlement agreement, and countless newspaper reports, clearly was to "reimburse" -- the lawsuit's word, not mine -- the Commonwealth, thus the taxpayers who fund it, for their years of alleged expense treating tobacco-related illnesses of uninsured smokers through Medicaid and CommonHealth programs.

The attorney general's office argued in Middlesex Superior Court: "Reimbursement is simply 'repaying or making good the amount paid out.'" If this is not a bait-and-switch scam, then taxpayers should now receive that reimbursement.

Citizens for Limited Taxation

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