Alcohol Tax On Fast Track To Governor's Desk

A highly debated tax on Kentucky's alcohol industry has cleared another hurdle.

The bill that increases taxes on liquor and cigarettes passed through the state house Wednesday afternoon.

House Bill 144 passed 66 to 34, 6 votes from than the required number for it to pass. The vote followed more than an hour of debate.

Faced with a budget shortfall in the millions of dollars, some lawmakers say alcohol and cigarette taxes is a good short term fix.

Supporters of a 30 cent cigarette tax increase and a 6% alcohol sales tax increase said unless the tax passes, people will suffer.

But others say any tax increase sets a bad example.

Amongst the debate, there was a hint of the possibility of broader reforms to come.

Some only voted for the bill after some leaders said they would be willing to study comprehensive tax reform.

The bill now goes to the senate where leadership says there is enough support to pass. The governor could get the bill by Thursday.

If the bill passes the senate and is signed by the governor, because of the emergency status of the bill, consumers could be paying the additional 6% by this weekend.

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  • by jake Location: flat lick on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    Good point Goebel. Actually 1 but no more than 2 equivalent drinks per day has health benefits. The tax discriminates against those trying to prevent cardiac disease!
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Feb 12, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    The tax on food needs to be added on to help keep down on obesity.
  • by Jim on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    Jerry: You are on to something there! How about a full comprehensive review as to "how many, who, and why" so many state vehicles are in employee private drives at night, and why the tax payer should provide transport to and from work for anyone other then themselves? And, yes the V8's only get bout 8-10 mpg at those rates of offically approved "speeding". LOL
  • by Jim Location: London on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    Fellow Citizens! Here we go again! Another TAX! Everytime government needs revenue they go to the peoples wallet, they don't seriously consider budget reductions, elimination of non-working programs, or a reduction of duplicated services within agencies, etc. What are we to do? I say be sure and VOTE and make your VOTE counts next election season! We the people do actually have a voice, especially if we VOTE as a collective voice.
  • by Jerry Location: Lex on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    And in a related story; The governor is on a fast track to lose his re-election bid. CUT SPENDING YOU MORON! Take away state vehicles and make the ones who actually need them drive the freakin speed limit! Crown Vics don't get good gas mileage at 90mph
  • by old jack Location: hazard on Feb 12, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    kelly are you ok? does your head hurt? who cares about anyone stopping any thing. if one wants to smoke, its their business NOT kellys, um-k! now go watch oprah and eat some more bon-bons....
  • by garth Location: lancaster on Feb 12, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    6%? is that all you got? c'mon politickios, you can do better than that! oh yeah but wait.. new car prices are down, so i guess that's all they need in order to buy all their relatives a new suv. all this will do is cause more people to steal. but then it will also cause more people to be in jails, which will cause other taxes to be raised. it's disgusting. almost as disgusting as making so many drugs a *narcotic*. don't these morons realize that all they're doing is increasing the street value of drugs, and causing people to ride over into other states to buy their cigarettes and booze? this is a perfect example of why every other country in the world not just laughs, but horse laffs at us. we are a pathetically ignorant and stupid nation of morons, fools, and barbarians. people say if you don't like it, leave. well, how about the gubmint create another program to help those of us who would like to leave to do just that. just enough money to move to another country is all i'd need.
  • by Kelly on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    This is a pathetic bill because it just doesn't go far enough,$1.00 per pack would encourage them to stop.
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