Kansas is among a number of states trying to figure out how to come to grips with a budget shortfall. In this economy it is a difficult task. One of the proposals now on the table illustrates why it is difficult to trust all of the new bills recently introduced to increase taxes on beer, wine and spirits to fund specific programs.
Leaders in the city of Salina say they have been told the $480,000 the community receive on an annual basis from state alcohol levies may not show up this year. The city uses the money to fund alcohol treatment programs, parks and recreation programs and the general fund.
It is pretty clear that once the state diverts this money the good citizens of Kansas can kiss it goodbye. It will be time for as local tax increase and you can bet that someone will propose going after beer, wine and spirits to close the gap.