Higher Taxes on Alcohol Being Considered
The idea behind the proposed increases is to tax products that contribute to rising medical costs. Alcohol abuse is a risk factor in several types of cancer, liver disease, and psychological problems. There also might be a tax increase on soda and other sugary drinks, which contribute to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems.
Under the proposal, beer taxes would be increased by 48 cents per six-pack (from the current 33 cents); wine taxes would be increased by 49 center per bottle (from the current 21 cents); and the tax on hard liquor would increase by 40 cents per fifth (from the current $2.14). Percentage-wise, wine buyers would be affected the most, with a 233 percent tax increase per bottle.
The higher alcohol taxes would bring in nearly $60 billion over 10 years, and, like the increase in price of cigarettes, could deter people from purchasing alcohol as often.