It’s been a hard day at work, and you’re thankful just to have that job. Times are tough. You haven’t had a raise in a year, your spouse is unemployed. You used to stop off at the pub for a few every now and then, but that’s a luxury you’ve cut out to save a few bucks. Now, you simply go home and try to relax with a brew or two instead. Sound like a reasonable escape from life’s increasing woes?
For many, it is. But if you live in Illinois, your small pleasure is about to get more expensive. That’s because the state has decided to levy a further tax on beer that, after everything is factored in, may add about 50 cents to the price of a case of beer. Worse yet for wine drinkers, who’ll see more than a doubling of tax on a bottle, with liquor levies going up just under a doubling.
Picking the working man’s pocket is a popular way for states to raise income, and don’t expect Illinois to be the only state to do this. Simply put, it’s wrong, because it targets one sector of the public and allocates funds to the entire state. States with budget issues need to raise taxes on everyone, or cut spending. Beer drinkers need to contact their local representatives and be heard on this issue. The money you save may be your own.