The State House News Service reported yesterday that the coalition opposing Question 1, which would repeal last summer’s application of the sales tax to retail alcohol sales, has signed up a pair of major new members. The AFL-CIO of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Hospital Association have agreed to fight the initiative petition, according to an official aligned with the Vote No on Question 1 Committee Against Repeal of the Alcohol Tax. The coalition resisting the proposal has 140 members. Package store owners are leading the charge to repeal the tax. Tax supporters say the levy provides fund that are critical to alcohol and substance abuse treatment efforts; critics charge the new tax was layered upon on other alcohol taxes and has driven up prices during a recession.
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