California's Democrat to Tax a Six Pack Another $1.80
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15 April 2008
California's Democrat to Tax a Six Pack Another $1.80
California Assemblyman Jim Beall, Jr., Democrat -San Jose has proposed a bill to raise the tax on beer sold in California.  The sin tax could generate another $2 billion per year for California.

Beall went on to say "..."health and law enforcement services that must cope with the havoc -- traffic accidents and fatalities, domestic violence, and illnesses -- that is fueled by the alcohol industry... It’s time for the beer industry to help us with the staggering burden it has helped to create. As responsible corporate citizens, breweries should be willing to pay their fair share of the damage that alcohol wreaks on society’’.

Yet another lifestyle sin tax with lots of interesting facts to "support it":
  • In 2005, alcohol-related traffic crashes claimed 1,574 lives and injured 30,810 in California.
    (probably more crashes and injuries can be attributed to sleepy drivers)
  • In 2004, alcohol played a role in 3,691 deaths statewide.
    (in 2004 65k died from heart disease (preventable), 53k malignant neoplasms (preventable), 10k accidents (preventable), 7k influenza and pneumonia (preventable), 7k diabetes (preventable))
  • Two-thirds of the alcohol-related costs for health care and prevention are borne by government programs.
    (prevention is a cost to be mostly covered by government. health care, we can only wonder what contribution is made as there is no state health care in California except whatever welfare type coverage)
  • The tax could make beer harder for teens to obtain because of higher prices.
    (cost has never been a deterrent for teens. if we raise alcohol to actually be expensive and unlikely to be bought by minors due to costs, we would destroy the alcohol industry).
Very short sighted legislation, especially in this time and state of the economy.
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