Voter initiative wants to raise tax on wine 12,675%
April 3, 2010
California wine lovers are becoming uncorked over a voter initiative, intended for the November ballot, that would increase the excise tax on wine by 12,675 percent. [KSBW]
Under the proposed Alcohol Harm and Related-damages Act of 2010, the current tax of four cents on a bottle of wine would go up to $5.11. The tax on beer would increase 8,255 percent; distilled spirits would see an increase of 2,703 percent.
Money from the tax increase would go to funding programs that address alcohol-related injuries and damages.
Supporters of the initiative have until August 23 to collect 434,000 valid signatures to put the measure to a November vote.
Critics argue that the most popular wine selling today goes for between $7 and $8 a bottle–a $5 tax, they worry, would kill off sales completely.
The alcohol tax initiative was co-authored by Josie B. and Kent M. Whitney, a San Diego couple who appear to be heavily involved in promoting wellness.