The New Whiskey Rebellion?

by The Discovering Alcoholic on May 21, 2009

The Marin Institute’s Alcohol Tax Calculator at The Discovering Alcoholic

Maryland is one of quite a few states looking at raising the excise tax on alcohol to help make up budget shortfalls during these tough economic times. By adding a nickel a drink, tiny Maryland could raise over $100 million annually. Just click on the picture above to access a super cool calculator created by The Marin Institute, an alcohol industry watchdog, if you are interested in seeing what an alcohol tax could generate in your state.

Something I found interesting using this tool was that it also gave dates for when each state last raised its tax rates on alcohol. Most have not raised their taxes in decades, this seems odd considering how almost all other taxes seem to creep ever higher. The reason of course is that John Q Public gets very insecure when you start messing with his alcohol. Me, I rarely support higher taxes- but in today’s world of insolvent local and state governments and a nation that just quadrupled deficit spending- higher taxes seem inevitable. So I hope they go after alcohol, because then I think we’ll see a new Whiskey Rebellion. At least then I know that the public will get a little more involved in making sure our governments are making fiscally sound decisions- and if people drink a little less, well that’s just icing on the cake.

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