The truth is, the fight to repeal the alcohol tax is being fought by the alcohol industry, for the alcohol industry. The evidence that this is a special tax break for alcohol is in the donations. The contributions to the repeal of the alcohol tax campaign totals more than $1.2 million – most of this cash came from the alcohol distributors. Derrick Jackson get it: the alcohol tax saves lives.
It may seem ironic that a bottle of zinfandel may help protect a spouse from an abusive partner or that a six-pack of Sam Adams may help liberate a recovering convict from addiction. But without the sales tax, many of these programs will face deep cuts or extinction. This makes the state sales tax on alcohol a painless thing to swallow at the dinner table, and a “no” vote on Question 1 a show of support to fellow citizens struggling with the bottle.