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Slippery Slope, New England Style

A Boston Herald editorial reacts to attempts by some Massachusetts state legislators to make the state’s 5% sales tax apply to beer, wine, and liquor. The revenue, says the government, would be used to pay for alcohol abuse treatment. “What next?” asks the Herald, “a tax on soda pop to pay for treatment of dental cavities? A tax on steak to buy cholesterol-lowering drugs for the poor?… The state has no business using its taxation powers to try to deter responsible adults from downing a brewski at the ballpark or champagne at a son’s wedding reception.”

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