PA Considers New Drink Tax
The state of Pennsylvania is eying all kinds of strategies to help with its deficits, including a new tax on liquor that advocates say would also help the rampant alcohol abuse in PA. Predictably, liquor industry spokespeople and lobbyists have criticized the proposal. "At a time when restaurant patrons are worrying about their wallets, and small businesses are deciding between raising prices or laying off bartenders and busboys, this tax increase would make life that much harder for a lot of people," said the vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council.
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