There should be two taxes on alcohol: a tax on quantity, and a tax on quality. There should be a minimum tax, based on volume ($X per barrel, keg, etc), so that even super cheap alcohol contributes to the social cost of alcohol consumption, and an extra tax based on the price of the alcohol, so that rich people pay the same percent in alcohol taxes as poor people. If a rich person can afford a $100 bottle of wine, they can afford $5 in sales tax. It’s a good way to go after any “extra” money that people have, rather than going after money that people need and certainly isn’t extra.
Yes, there was a ballot question few months ago that got rid of the sales tax on alcohol, but ballot questions are not sacred, they aren’t immediately enshrined in the Constitution. The law they enact can be changed or replaced or repealed, just like any other law. But they should command a lot less respect than a law passed by the legislature, because voters are self-interested morons who can’t be expected to take a long view or a responsible view of anything. Heck, they’d vote Yes for Free Beer if that was a ballot question. Well, I guess it’s true we voted against lowering the sales tax to 3%, but that was somewhat miraculous, a result of fear tactics and over-reaching that reinforced the fear tactics. Usually we just vote for things that we think we want and would benefit us, like getting rid of the sales tax on alcohol.