Legacy Girds for Budget Battle

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The American Legacy Foundation’s campaign to push states to maintain money from the settlement with tobacco companies for anti-smoking efforts comes too late for an Illinois program, which has been scrapped.

Newspaper ads from Arnold in Boston are running in nine states including Illinois, Pennsylvania and Michigan, urging lawmakers to increase the amount of money from the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies on anti-tobacco programs.

With budgets pinched by the slow economy, legislators have used the settlement to shore up budgets, the American Legacy Foundation argues.

The organization claims that states have allocated just 5 percent of the $205...

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