Did you write your congressman? As a non-Kentuckian, did you write our Kentucky legislators as a concerned shopper?
Sigh. Even if you did, apparently they didn't listen. The Alcohol Tax increase – 6% – was passed by the House and then this morning, the Senate. Now it just goes to Gov Beshear who already thinks it's a jolly good idea.
Here's the deal folks – Ky already has one of the highest alcohol taxes in the country. We pay 53% in taxes every time we buy a bottle of wine or a bottle of bourbon or beer. Now that number has been hiked to 59% and prices are going to increase.
Effects? Well, less people will cross from Ohio to buy alcohol over here. The liquor stores will feel the pain, but so will the restaurants, gas stations, and other small businesses that benefit from the influx of people.
Oh, but the 90 dry counties in Kentucky get to benefit from this tax even though they won't be feeling any of the pain.
Sorry folks, but my eloquence deserts me here. Kentucky pisses me off. I tried. I wrote every Representative and Senator. I heard back from only one. If you ask me, this is a bit of a Justice FAIL.
Ed. Note: I've updated the post to note that Kentucky currently has one of the highest tax rates in the country. I should not, by the way, have believed everything I read. Thanks to Kevin Keith for the clarification in the comments below.
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