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Old 03-31-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickafork...raise-alcohol/

I hope this doesnt qualify as political post, I hate politics. Some nutcases in CA want to raise alcohol taxes to absurd amounts.

Their solution is a 2700% increase in the excise tax for hard liquor (from $0.65 per 750 mL bottle to $17.57), a 5500% increase for beer (from $0.11 per six-pack to $6.08) and a whopping 12775% increase for wine (from $0.04 per 750 mL bottle to $5.11).

I hope this doesnt pass, CA has a lot of good small craft breweries that this will hurt big time.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:02 PM   #2
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Absurd idea, law makers should know better than to propose something that drastic. I think the author puts it very well in the article.

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If this initiative actually passed (which it hasn't a snowflake's chance in a blast furnace of doing)....
It ain't gonna happen.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:06 PM   #3
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Just like the crazies in Salem that tried to pass a 1900% increase on beer last year. We've got two bozos that keep trying and are just too stupid to realize a modest increase would pass.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:06 PM   #4
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They're proposing similar absurd taxes in Maryland on alcohol too.

In this economy, the government will try to tax anything they can, and "sin tax" items are a quick and easy target.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
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http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickafork...raise-alcohol/

I hope this doesnt qualify as political post, I hate politics. Some nutcases in CA want to raise alcohol taxes to absurd amounts.

Their solution is a 2700% increase in the excise tax for hard liquor (from $0.65 per 750 mL bottle to $17.57), a 5500% increase for beer (from $0.11 per six-pack to $6.08) and a whopping 12775% increase for wine (from $0.04 per 750 mL bottle to $5.11).

I hope this doesnt pass, CA has a lot of good small craft breweries that this will hurt big time.
I wish all the voters weren't so clueless when it came to stuff like this; they will completely forget about this nonsense when November comes around.

Anyone who proposes such nonsense should not be in office.

 
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:48 PM   #6
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I remember when I wrote my congressperson about this...

My last line was -- do what you want, but when this goes through, I will teach everyone I know how to homebrew, and you won't get squat from us.

I already have a very minimal non-homebrew stance (I only have a few drinks out at the bar weekly) -- this will only ensure I won't patronize local businesses that now have to jack up a bottle of BMC another $1/bottle - as if the $4 a bottle I pay now isn't expensive enough.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:56 PM   #7
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There are a lot of drugs around california and whoever is coming up with this must be using all of them.

 
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:58 PM   #8
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ONe of the final comments presents a good and valid point - if it is passed it will be cheaper to get high than drunk, I think this would cause more problems in the long run than it would solve!
I don't know if those figure were national or state but if tax revenue is currently $1B and they want to raise that by a minimum of 2700%, wouldn't that be a new revenue of $27B? of corse sales would drop hugely which is probably more of their goal than getting more money. That is the reason for taxes like this I guess, not to recoup money but to deter the behaviour. Same thing goes for smoking.
I think education is a better solution than to basically outlaw it!


 
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:21 PM   #9
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If it passes then I'm out of business. No way someone is going to pay $21 for a 6-pack.

 
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:48 PM   #10
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They started a petition in NZ to give a tax exemption to craft and micros for the proposed tax increase, reason given was that; it would kill the craft beer bussinesses/industry and that the problem drinking is usually a result of the bigger commercial operations not the craft industry, sort of trying to get more people drinking good beer and learning about beer and enjoying it as a beverage rather than going out and buying the cheapest thing available and getting hammered.

 
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