January 16, 2009

PROHIBITION ROLLS ON:

Officials Tempted By Alcohol Taxes (DAVID KESMODEL, 1/16/09, Wall Street Journal)

State lawmakers are hoping alcohol will ease the pain of recession and budget deficits.

Politicians in Kentucky and Arkansas in the past week announced proposals to increase taxes on alcoholic beverages, echoing similar efforts in New York and California.

Higher taxes on beer, wine and liquor face stiff opposition from alcohol distributors, retailers and other industry groups. Lobbies have helped kill most efforts to increase alcohol taxes in recent years. Still, deep economic woes might make such measures easier to pass in 2009.


You have to tax something, so tax sin.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2009 8:39 PM
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