A 2017 legislative bill estimated that a $1 raise in the tobacco tax would produce $100 million in revenue. It evidently ended up in never-never land. Gov. Matt Bevin's requested cuts to 70 state programs, affecting a lot of education programs, would save an estimated $85 million. The taxes raised on cigarettes could keep those programs going. Our legislators would rather keep you-know-who happy than save these vital education programs.