After Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed their bills last year to exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products from sales taxes, citing the cost to state and local revenues, Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez and Cristina Garcia went looking for a way to pay for the measures.
Their solution: Raise the excise tax on distributors of hard alcohol when they buy their product from manufacturers, which hasn’t increased since 1991.
Their bill would raise the liquor tax by about a third – to $4.50 from $3.30 per gallon – which they said equates to less than 2 cents per drink.
Why pick on drinkers? If the tax is so great, why not make everyone pay it? Maybe it isn’t so great after all.
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