The latest article "Subsidizing excessive drinking is NM’s ‘runaway train’" written by Peter Debenedittis / Director, Alcohol Taxes Save Lives & Money was published in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Subsidizing excessive drinking is NM’s ‘runaway train’
It’s really sad when lawmakers bemoan the cost of public health with slurs like “a runaway train.” Here’s the real train wreck in tax policy – subsidizing excessive drinking. Whether or not a person drinks, every New Mexican pays $406 a year in taxes to cover the costs of ambulances, indigent and emergency room care, extra police work, court cases and detention for excessive drinkers and the people they injure through car crashes and assaults.
Increasing the alcohol excise tax by 25 cents per drink lets excessive drinking pay for excessive drinkingharms......