Friday, June 26, 2009

Bad News: Alcohol Tax is Coming

With a heavy heart, I have some bad news for Massachusetts wine and liquor lovers. I ranted earlier this week about the proposed 6.25% tax on alcohol that Massachusetts sought to pass. Though the budget passed the House and Senate, the Governor was going to veto it unless some ethics reform legislation also passed.

Today though, the papers are reporting that the House and Senate passed an ethics bill yesterday and that Governor Patrick is now ready to approve the new, increased tax. So it looks like the alcohol tax will become a reality. Get ready to pay more for your wine, beer and spirits. Ugh.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

This is just going to hurt MA businesspeople.

They would make much more money if they taxed the all soda and sugary drinks that our society intakes, proportionately many more gallons per person. That would much more evenly distribute the businesses affected and possibly raise the public's awareness of how bad soda really is for you.

But I'm sure you've heard all that before....