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MA No Sales Tax for Alcohol Initiative, Question 1

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Rug Doctor

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Oct 20, 2010
 

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cas2cam wrote:
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Duh-do you know what the difference between'luxury' and 'neccessity' is? A NECCESSITY is something you can't live without....Last time I checked, no-one died from a lack of "paperclips and lottery tickets", because they are NOT neccessities and neither is alcohol. Unless you're an alcoholic.
The question above was not about necessity. It was about luxury. If it were about necessity I would of answered it differently.
The bottom line with my argument is not about alcohol but it is about taxing anything and everything. Isn't there something going through the legislature now regarding taxing sugary drinks? All this does is make people choose other products OR stock up when they're in a different state. In essence who gets hurt? The small business owner trying to make a living.
Aside from Federal and State taxes here is a partial list of other taxes we pay to live in this state:
Sales Tax
Hotel Tax
School Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Excise Taxes
Property Tax
Cigarette Tax
Medicare Tax
Inventory Tax
Car Rental Tax
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Inheritance Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
I think we pay enough in taxes.
Its not our fault that the people in charge aren't smart enough to spend it wisely.
Then again it is our fault as voters for electing these same idiots back into office year after year. Most of whom probably couldn't hold a good job in the private sector or even get a job without knowing someone.
concerned Mom

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Oct 21, 2010
 

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The sale of alcohol is up 3% with the tax.
The money from the sale of alcohol supports treatment beds for those with addiction.

Addiction is a disease nobody that is inflicted with it wants it just as nobody inflicted with cancer wants that either.

Vote NO on question # 1 We need those treatment beds and the money for those will come out of somewhere else and another tax will go up.
Rug Doctor

Cambridge, MA

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Oct 21, 2010
 

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maybe if Mass got rid of a few of these hacks there would be no tax increases at all!

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/vie...

I'll be voting yes on this question and there is no way in hell alcohol sales are up.

concerned Mom maybe you should read this article

http://bostonherald.com/news/opinion/editoria...
concerned Mom

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#28
Oct 21, 2010
 
Let me correct my statement it is up 3% since July....and honestly I am voting no because of where they get the money for treatment not because I really think it is OK
The FDA allowed Perdue Phamacy to market Oxycontin as safe and it wasnt and they marketed it as a drug to use for moderate pain as a result many young people got addicted to this with the help of thier doctors then once addicted the doctors did nothing to help get off the opiates and now we have an epidemic that is almost impossible to beat without help...So for that reason it is important to have the revenue from the alcohol to provide treatment.....So please dont misunderstand I really dont want the tax there but more than that I ant the beds for treatment available......
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Gardner, MA

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#29
Oct 22, 2010
 
Concerned mom, you are an idiot.
marctraf

Lexington, MA

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#30
Oct 22, 2010
 
Enough already. I agree with the other comments here, we're paying a lot of taxes and getting a little break on my next bottle of wine would be nice. I've told my local wine shop that I now make an effort to buy wine/beer while in NH on business....much more than I ever did in the past. Works out nice for me, but not for his small business.

In addition, I don't trust our State to properly allocate the funds raised from the alchol tax.

I'll vote no on 3 but as a compromise...yes yes yes on 1.
concerned Mom

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#31
Oct 23, 2010
 
HAHahahaha I hope you or anyone in your family never needs a bed....and if they do rememeber this thread and how rude and careless you were when you are scared and searching for help...

marctraf...those of us close enough to go to NH and buy alcohol and cigarettes will do that but there are people that can't....makes me sick that this tax is the one of the only places money for treatment comes from......I dont trust our state either they cut where they want and improperly fund in useless places....I am not even sure who to vote for stay with what we have or vote in for something new.......
A Mom

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Oct 23, 2010
 

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I say "TAX" it to death... just like it did to my dad and others. Alcohol is an evil.. get it off the streets!!!!! You can't drink it if you can't buy it!!!!!
ThinkForOnce

Ware, MA

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#33
Oct 23, 2010
 
BurlGirl wrote:
Does it matter how we vote? We asked for State Income Tax to be rolled back to 5% after it increased to 5.25% and that NEVER happened. Will of the people is thrown into the dumpster behind the state house while our reps continue to look to nickel and dime us at every turn. Soon they'll put a toll turnstyle at the front door of the 'Hooker Entrance' on Beacon Hill.
I can't believe the amount of stupidity in our country. Many, many decisions went into creating our current economic status and it started as far back as Richard Nixon (R) decoupling the gold standard from our paper money system, opening the door to inflation. George Jr. bailed out Wall Street while Obama tried to bail out Main street (the regular folks like you and me). If you knew your history and something of economic theory, you'd know that there are no good answers for this economic crisis. Neither a Democrat nor a Republic will be able to take the pain away for a long, long time.
Republicans will spend lots of money on Wall street and the military and cut unemployment and every other social program because they answer to the top 1% income bracket in our country. The Tea Party candidates are mentally ill. The candidates are stupid and nutty. I cannot pull down the moral fabric of our country by voting in these nut-jobs. Democrats will spend to try to help the lower and middle classes through this crisis which will get infinitly worse.
We're all going to end up hungry no matter who we vote into office. The question is do you want a Party that will at least struggle to make help available during such a stressful time in our country?
tim

Quincy, MA

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#34
Oct 23, 2010
 
There is already an excise tax on alcohol. Therefore, it is not exempt. Vote yes on # 1.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

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#35
Oct 24, 2010
 
cas2cam wrote:
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A NECCESSITY is something you can't live without....
Really? That would be a long list. Some things you can live without:
Milk
Butter
Tomatoes
Green beans
Peanut butter
Grape jelly
Beef
Pork
Chicken
Lettuce
Lobster
Haddock
Samon
Tuna
Shrimp
Fried clams
Potato chips
Beer
Coke
Pepsi
Fruit juice
Apples
Oranges
Soup
Ice cream
Cookies
Cheese
Eggs
etc.

The list is pretty much all inclusive.
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Holyoke, MA

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#36
Oct 24, 2010
 
my 40 ouncers went up 6 cents.....wtf?
concerned Mom

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#37
Oct 24, 2010
 
Less beds for treatment = more crime and more funerals...FACT
Vote no on question #1
Old Townie

Hanson, MA

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#38
Oct 24, 2010
 
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Concerned mom, you are an idiot.
Be polite
Patriot

East Weymouth, MA

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#40
Oct 28, 2010
 
Yes 180
74%
No 60
24%
Other (explain below) 3

Interesting. Three to one. Here's an idea. Why don't you "No" voters start a "voluntary" (We want to pay another 60% more) Tax. Then you can feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that you gave a ton of money to fund the teacher's union giving millions of dollars to the Dem. party, and the rest of us can be LEFT ALONE! It's also interesting how those numbers seem to verify that conservatives outnumber liberals TWO to ONE.

It's time conservatives GROW a set and stop tolerating the whineyass progressives sucking us dry.
FORMER LOWELL RESIDENT

Oxford, MA

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#41
Oct 29, 2010
 
I live in a town that borders Mass. I see more cars from Mass in the small stores along rt 111 buying beer and wine....You are "double"taxed on alcohol in Mass. What about gas ?? always cheaper up here. Our state reps/ senators are paid under a $1000 for their part-time job. My property taxes are higher but also work up here. Oh yes no state income tax..........
flyboy

Framingham, MA

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#42
Oct 29, 2010
 
concerned Mom wrote:
HAHahahaha I hope you or anyone in your family never needs a bed....and if they do rememeber this thread and how rude and careless you were when you are scared and searching for help...
marctraf...those of us close enough to go to NH and buy alcohol and cigarettes will do that but there are people that can't....makes me sick that this tax is the one of the only places money for treatment comes from......I dont trust our state either they cut where they want and improperly fund in useless places....I am not even sure who to vote for stay with what we have or vote in for something new.......

Ever heard of alcoholics annonimous? why is it MY responsibility to pay for someone else's irresponsible behaveur?
If you can't handle liquor, then just don't drink it!!
YES ON 1
YES ON 2
YES ON 3
flyboy

Framingham, MA

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#43
Oct 29, 2010
 
Rug Doctor wrote:
You don't receive any bargains whatsoever living here....NONE. Let the illegals, drug addicts, gay and lesbians, and those who will not work live here. Soon I'll be one of many seeing Mass through my rear view mirror.
I'm right behind you!
Not Stupid

Leominster, MA

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#44
Oct 30, 2010
 
Do not be stupid wrote:
Alcohol is a luxury, so it should not be exempt from sales tax.
40% of the cost of alcohol before the sales tax was implemented is federal and state excise taxes. You're actually paying tax on a tax.
Fuzz

Lowell, MA

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#45
Oct 30, 2010
 
This will make being an alcoholic all the more appealing.
As far as it not being a luxury: LOL, as long as it's not water it most certainly is.
Please oh please keep this tax.

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