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Massachusetts Commission Looks Into Tobacco Smuggling


Massachusetts has formed a nine-member commission to examine the issue of tobacco smuggling.  Sales of cigarettes on the black market are cutting into the state’s tax revenues. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with one of the members of the commission, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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