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Isolation orders create unique issues with your ability to effectively establish or fix your estate plan, including health care directives or instructions. Here are some tips for getting it done.

As the Attorney General who brought the lawsuit against Big Tobacco, and the Attorney General who co-chaired the campaign to create the trust, along with former Treasurer Robert Butkin, I wish to remind people why the trust was created in the first places, to improve the health of our people. It was put in the Constitution, to keep the Legislature from playing politics with the money rather than investing it on health. Both of those considerations are very much alive today.

Our system rests on all sorts of values: open-mindedness, an informed citizenry, honesty, civility, competence. But at its heart, representative democracy is about how we resolve our differences in order to move the country forward, and if the parties lack trust, then it becomes hugely more difficult to do so. In many ways, trust is at the center of this democratic experiment.


We would prefer a more modest, achievable effort: Obtaining the remaining 50-cent-a-pack cigarette tax the Legislature left on the table last year and (finally) allowing local governments to pass more aggressive public smoking bans than are covered in state law. Both ideas have had bipartisan support among moderate lawmakers, but have struggled with the army of Big Tobacco lobbyists at the Capitol.

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