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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Drinks & Taxes 2009 v16: Massachusetts

All eyes are on the Massachusetts House of Representatives to see if they will try to pass a new 6.25 percent tax on alcohol. The state is the latest to see alcohol taxes as a way to dig out from a budget hole.

The Massachusetts Package Store Association has launched a petition drive against the tax. They claim to have collected 50,000 customer signatures.

A protest against the proposal was held in Boston this week against the measure. The state Senate approved the bill by voice vote. Retailers say the new tax will drive more business to New Hampshire, which has a state store system and no sales tax.

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