May 2, 2013 - Jason Dixon, RivertonEditor:
If they can jack up the tax on a pack or carton of cigarettes so that it costs something like 10 times more money to smoke a cigarette now than it did 15-20 years ago, I can't see any earthly reason we shouldn't raise the tax on a case of beer a little bit. I could hardly believe it when I heard that it had not bee increased since the 1930s. How can that be? Does the beer industry have that much weight in this state? I guess so.
Everyone who looks around Fremont County can see we have a problem with drunks in our communities. If the idea of the higher beer tax is to use it to find a way to make this problem go away or shrink, then I would be all for it.
I am sorry to say that alcohol problems have been in my family, and I am not one of those people saying lock them up and throw away the key. If you have been around an alcoholic you know that it is an addiction that is out of their control. Treatment is needed, and these people need to be safe while they are getting it. They violate the law, but they are not criminals.
Raise the beer tax to modern levels for other things, and then let's see if it can be used to do some real good on this major problem.
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