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Old 05-07-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Default Drink much? Washington state raises liquor tax to 51.9%.

Press Release - Washington State Liquor Control Board (http://liq.wa.gov/releases/pr090506-markup.asp - broken link)

At least they didn't raise it to 75 percent.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:49 PM
 
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Washington already had some of the highest liquor taxes in the country. Why not raise it again? It won't stop anyone from drinking, so in essense, a brilliant move. Until you realize you are paying way more than anyone else in the U.S. Welcome to Washington State!
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Imagine the uproar if they did this to gas.
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:16 AM
 
Location: British Columbia.
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Washington already had some of the highest liquor taxes in the country. Why not raise it again? It won't stop anyone from drinking, so in essense, a brilliant move. Until you realize you are paying way more than anyone else in the U.S. Welcome to Washington State!

I agree, who cares its not going to stop people from drinking. If anything it will be a boom to revenune.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:43 AM
 
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Just to play devil's advocate for a moment, raising the liquor tax is unfair because:

The people who buy the most liquor are the people who can least afford to, so tax revenues will be raised on the backs of the poor.

If the idea is to raise tax revenue through liquor, why not allow other stores to sell liquor like so many other states do, and charge them a license fee?
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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I sense a little sarcasm Ira500, but I agree the state should get out of this business. You can still get your revenue by selling it at Safeway, in fact, maybe even more due to more locations.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:21 PM
 
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Gess I am glad I don't drink!
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:08 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Looks like re-stocking my gin and rum will cost a bit more now ...

That really sucks because I love going to a bar called the Zig Zag cafe and it is heaven for mixed cocktails. This will probably force them to raise their prices significantly...
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle burbs....
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Press Release - Washington State Liquor Control Board (http://liq.wa.gov/releases/pr090506-markup.asp - broken link)

At least they didn't raise it to 75 percent.

Just have to eat less fruit and vegetables. Insomniac tour anyone?

Maybe they should have a fat people tax? You know, people who buy all those big macs and french fries should be taxed more for the health burden they put on the state. Hey, being fat should be just as much a social crime/tax burden as are alcholics and cig smokers.

where're the skinny people lobbyists?
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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It sounds like a large increase but a few dollars isn't much considering liquor is a luxury and not a necessity. This probably will not affect most of us at all.
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