Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz thinks New Yorkers should pay 25 cents more in taxes on every drink of beer, wine and spirits they enjoy. He says the new tax is needed to fight an epidemic of underage drinking.
Ortiz says the tax would fund alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs.
It is unclear how much support the proposed tax will generate. Gov. Eliot Spitzer has stated he is against any new taxes. Republicans in the state Senate say they would fight the measure.