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MA No Sales Tax for Alcohol Initiative, Question 1

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“Sounding off for the citizens”

Since: Oct 10

#1 Oct 8, 2010
Massachusetts No Sales Tax for Alcohol Initiative, Question 1

The measure would ask voters whether or not to repeal a sales tax for alcohol sales.

This proposed law would remove the Massachusetts sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol, where the sale of such beverages and alcohol or their importation into the state is already subject to a separate excise tax under state law. The proposed law would take effect on January 1, 2011.

A "YES" vote would remove the state sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol where their sale or importation into the state is subject to an excise tax under state law.

A "NO" vote would make no change in the state sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol.

How will you vote on November 2nd?
paffoman

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Oct 9, 2010
I will vote yes liquor is already taxed this is a tax on a tax. They raised the income tax, the sales tax, added an alcohol tax and wanted to tax candy and soda. By not repealing this tax you are telling them to keep raising taxes and adding new ones.
independent

Northville, NY

#7 Oct 10, 2010
i will definitely be voting yes to remove this stupid sales tax alcohol.this has got to stop with all these stupid taxes where the govt keeps on figuring out new ways to keep taking our hard earned money.im sick of it
Gamblin man

Everett, MA

#8 Oct 11, 2010
It used to be that if you worked all year all the money you made up until May 13th went to paying one taxed or another..Does anyone know when you break even today with all the new taxes we pay?
IS IT A GOOD THING

AOL

#9 Oct 11, 2010
Under our Great Leader Obama, we now work until November 13 to pay all taxes. But, we are grateful to our Leader.
BurlGirl

Burlington, MA

#10 Oct 11, 2010
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.

Since: Jul 10

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#11 Oct 15, 2010
I'm inclined to vote 'NO' only because of the huge debt we are already in. If we can afford to cut ANYTHING, let it be on prescription meds, or property tax, or something similar. Or, Let's cut back the sales tax - back to 5% or even a little lower. I think there are ways to cut back that could help a larger majority than liquer.
Laura

Swanzey, NH

#12 Oct 18, 2010
paffoman wrote:
I will vote yes liquor is already taxed this is a tax on a tax. They raised the income tax, the sales tax, added an alcohol tax and wanted to tax candy and soda. By not repealing this tax you are telling them to keep raising taxes and adding new ones.
Not only is it taxed twice, it's forcing us to go to NH to buy our liqueur. NH must love it when we pass these laws. It's great for their economy. Between the booze and MA not allowing Hunting on Sunday's. NH must be loving us. To NH it is! Ridiculous....
peanuts

Troy, NY

#14 Oct 18, 2010
I will vote to lower the tax and here is why. They damn fools refuse to cut pork and waste so why should we subsidize. By volunteering to pay extra taxes we are saying that we condone waste.

Pay as little as you have to folks...they will waste most of it anyway

“Let's turn it around!”

Since: Sep 07

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#15 Oct 19, 2010
Vote "yes" on question 1.
Penny Trashon

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Oct 19, 2010
CitizenTopix WHY are you spamming people?
Rug Doctor

Wayland, MA

#17 Oct 19, 2010
The only way you change anything is to move. Every state is in competition with every other state and when people leave and the tax base is less that's the only message dirtbag lawmakers/politicians understand. There's a reason why college grads are going elsewhere. There's a reason why Taxachusetts is losing seats in Congress. There's a reason why states like Arizona and Texas are gaining multiple seats in Congress and their unemployment stats are much lower than in Mass.
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.
REALITY

AOL

#18 Oct 19, 2010
Rug Doctor you've got it right. Perfect.
Rug Doctor

Wayland, MA

#19 Oct 19, 2010
Where's Deval or other leaders regarding this?

http://www.janbrewer.com/article/governor-jan...

Why weren't our fearless leaders able to get Intel to expand here in Ma?
Do not be stupid

West Stockbridge, MA

#20 Oct 20, 2010
Alcohol is a luxury, so it should not be exempt from sales tax.
Rug Doctor

Wayland, MA

#21 Oct 20, 2010
Do not be stupid wrote:
Alcohol is a luxury, so it should not be exempt from sales tax.
Alcohol is a luxury? A luxury? Is a paper clip a luxury? A gallon of milk? How about a scratch ticket? After all I can purchase anyone of these items within 500 feet of my house.
A luxury is something like a yacht, a month long trip to Europe, a million dollar Winnebago. An item that costs less than $10 shouldn't be categorized as a luxury.
Rug Doctor

Wayland, MA

#22 Oct 20, 2010
if anything it should be categorized for what it is - a drink....like soda, milk, orange juice etc.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#23 Oct 20, 2010
Gamblin man wrote:
It used to be that if you worked all year all the money you made up until May 13th went to paying one taxed or another..Does anyone know when you break even today with all the new taxes we pay?
Tax freedom day was April 9th this year.

Since: Jul 10

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#24 Oct 20, 2010
Rug Doctor wrote:
<quoted text>Alcohol is a luxury? A luxury? Is a paper clip a luxury? A gallon of milk? How about a scratch ticket? After all I can purchase anyone of these items within 500 feet of my house.
A luxury is something like a yacht, a month long trip to Europe, a million dollar Winnebago. An item that costs less than $10 shouldn't be categorized as a luxury.
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.
Rug Doctor

Wayland, MA

#25 Oct 20, 2010
cas2cam wrote:
<quoted text>
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.

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