Tax My Beer & Cigarettes? Not Without A Fight

It's not exactly the British Tea Party that helped spark the American Revolution, but state moves to boost taxes on things like alcohol and cigarettes are running into some resistance.

In Pittsburgh, people dumped beer and liquor into a river to protest a 10-percent tax on poured drinks.

Patrons at bars in Oregon have protested a proposed beer tax hike by firing off protest notes to lawmakers between swigs.

And in Kentucky, opponents of a 6-percent sales tax on all booze
have poured bourbon on the Capitol steps.

Louisville protester Jack Weaver says booze is a way for people
to "soak their sorrows" in times like these.

An analyst with the Council of State Governments says "sin taxes" have quickly emerged as a way to plug budget gaps and are less "politically radioactive" than most other taxes.

NC plans to increase cigarette taxes by a dollar a pack and impose a 5-percent surcharge on alcohol.


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  • by John Location: North Carolina on Apr 23, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    They should tax every cell phone user. It's annoying. People get cancer period. Smoking only increases a risk, but it does not cause cancer. There are thousands of people a year that get lung cancer and it isn't from smoking. My mom got cancer and she ate well, never smoked and never drank alcohol. It happens to the best of them.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 23, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    Add another 15 cents per pack, brought to you by liberals tax and spend democrats.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    United Airlines is now going to tax obese people by charging for two seats. Its the same, they can do it. Like I said, fast food tax is coming soon and anything they "deem" as bad for you. OK, its for your own good. This is why there was a tea party. Most of us Americans do not want the federal government controlling "freedom" and "liberty". They are doing this with taxing through the back door. This caused a war between us and the mother country, remember?
  • by ShareYourVoice Location: New YOrk on Apr 8, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    HAVE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! Taking action is easy and won't take much of your time, but it will make a giant difference: CLICK THE LINK http://www.axetaxesnotjobs.com/ and fill out the form to join the fight against irresponsible and regressive taxes. "This will cost jobs in our industry— including those of small business owners, servers and bartenders like you who are the lifeblood of our economy. We need your personal involvement and help“ Thank you
  • by heather Location: jvill on Mar 27, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    Taxes are a fact of life. Does it make sense to tax military personnel? Not really, but they still do it. Does it makes sense that an 18 year old can enlist & go off to war & die for their contry, but they can't drink a beer? The government will never make sense. It's just a fact of life.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    Some of you posting on this board get it and some of you just never will. I think Barbara gets it along with several others. This ain't about smokes, its about taxes, sin taxes or whatever you want to call them. OK, tax red meat, sugar, this is what the problem is. It is just a mater of time that it will impose on you. So, if you weigh a normal height weight ratio, walk 10 miles a day, ride a bicycle, eat fruits and nuts grown in your own garden, you have not clue what is being said here. Pick you poision before the state does, eventually, this will hit home.
  • by Barbara Location: Martin County on Mar 27, 2009 at 03:40 AM
    I hate cigarettes and alcohol and I don't touch either one. But in my corner of the world more people are going to the hospitals and dying from poor diets than from either of the above sins. Doctors say that the most deadly thing we put into our bodies is sugar. In countries where they have the longest life span they use something else to sweeten things. Maybe we should tax sugar. That way not just a few of the poorest would have to support the rest of us who are not willing to cut out waste and fraud. We're already getting a lot of tax from the poorest with the lottery. They are just hoping for a little luck without realizing it's not going to happen. I've worked for the government and I know how much waste and fraud there is but I can never reveal any of it or I would be run out of the state. Greed, dishonesty, and love of power is causing all of the problems but we have been dumbed down so most of us can't read, think, and figure out what's going on.
  • by Realjustice Location: Greenville on Mar 27, 2009 at 02:56 AM
    I think its a "SIN" to tax evryone to death, does that mean we'll be taxed for paying taxes???
  • by Realjustice Location: Greenville on Mar 27, 2009 at 02:29 AM
    The question is not about the effects of smoking or drinking. It is about taxing. If the government decides to tax these two items at this time, and the money just happens to disapear (as many of our tax dollars do), what will be next on the "sin" tax list? What else do we as citizens endulge in that can generate revenue? I agree smoking is not healthy, and drinking excessivly is not healthy, but neither is taxing everything. I still say do away with some of the "freebee" programs, or at least regulate them better, this would save billions of dollars.
  • by @@@ on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    I hate to tell you people, smoking can cause cancer anyplace in your body, it does not have to be in your lungs. I had lung cancer three years ago and in the process I did learn a lot about it.
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