“These dynamic organizations have signed on early to the campaign and will help get the word out to Vote No on Question 1 in November,” said Maryanne Frangules and Vic DiGravio, co-chairs of the campaign. “The strength of our message – that alcohol does not deserve a special tax break – clearly appeals to many people from all walks of life and all parts of the state.”
On November 2, voters will be asked to repeal the sales tax on alcohol, which provides $110 million annually for behavioral health services for 100,000 people. The liquor industry is supporting the ballot question.
If approved, Question One would exempt alcohol from the state sales tax. Currently, sales tax exemptions are reserved for basic necessities, such as food, clothing and prescription medications. Almost every other state in the country has a sales tax on alcohol in addition to some form of excise tax.
“With Massachusetts facing a $2 billion budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, it would be fiscally irresponsible to hand a special tax break to the alcohol industry,” said Frangules and DiGravio.
For more information, visit www.NoOn1MA.com.