Kansas Receives Tobacco Money

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A settlement from ten years ago but millions of dollars into the state's bank account Friday.

Attorney General Steve Six says Kansas received more than $66.3 million in its annual payment from the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

"We're happy to announce that Kansas received a significantly larger payment this year than last, but we do recognize that two out of three major tobacco manufacturers have withheld a portion of their payment to the MSA States," Six said in a statement. "My office will continue to fight to maintain the important annual payments to our state."

This year's Kansas payout includes $15 million from the Strategic Contribution Fund. It's the first year Kansas received money from that fund. All together, states involved in the settlement received nearly $7 billion. Since the agreement was first executed, tobacco companies have paid out almost $60 billion.

Three major tobacco manufacturers make the large majority of the payments - Philip Morris, Reynolds American and Lorillard. Six says only Philip Morris made its payment in full. The other two paid about 75-percent and put the rest into a disputed payment account.

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