Archive for Tuesday, February 23, 2010

State house committee schedules hearing to consider hike to state alcohol tax

Additional revenue would help services for mentally ill, disabled

The view of the north side of the Statehouse.

The view of the north side of the Statehouse.

February 23, 2010


— A House committee this week has scheduled a hearing for legislation to increase wholesale alcoholic beverage taxes and use that revenue to fill in budget holes for services for the mentally ill and disabled.

The proposal has been pushed by two Republican House members from Johnson County: Kay Wolf of Prairie Village and Pat Colloton of Leawood.

When she introduced the measure, Wolf said, “In this economy, the need for mental health (services) is even more.”

Social service agencies have been hit hard over the past year as Gov. Mark Parkinson and the Legislature have reduced overall state spending by nearly $1 billion because of falling revenue collections. Parkinson cut Medicaid funding by 10 percent and lawmakers still face a $400 million revenue shortfall for the next fiscal year.

Parkinson has proposed a temporary sales tax increase, but so far it has not gained traction.

On Friday, the House Taxation Committee will conduct a hearing on House Bill 2593, which would double the taxes per gallon on various alcoholic beverages.

The current tax is 18 cents per gallon on beer, 30 cents per gallon on wine and $2.50 per gallon on alcohol. It is levied upon the person who first manufactures, sells, purchases or receives the liquor. It has already been paid by the time the product is for sale in a liquor, grocery or convenience store.

Supporters of the measure say it will raise $22 million, which would be divided between mental health centers and reducing a waiting list for Kansans with disabilities who are trying to receive home and community-based assistance.

The alcoholic beverage industry opposes the tax increase, saying it would send customers to Missouri to buy alcohol.


skinny 8 years, 2 months ago

If it passes I'll be buying my beer in Missouri.

I am not paying any more taxes than I already do!!

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 2 months ago

skinny, feel free to buy your booze in Missouri.

With the amount of fuel you use to drive to get your beer, you will be providing the state with increases fuel tax, basically offsetting the increase in the alcohol tax.

Wise decision, that one.

Bob Burton 8 years, 2 months ago


go,skinny go!! skinny will buy gasoline in Missouri also as it is cheaper there too!!! have a great day..

mr_right_wing 8 years, 2 months ago

A tax like this really does effect us all; yes, even the non-drinkers. You hike up the tax, the panhandlers are going to have to get that much more pushy. (If things get too tough, they may have to even work odd jobs to support their booze habit.)

Liberty275 8 years, 2 months ago

Great, now I can slur to my wife "me getting drunk (hiccup) helps the nuts and cripples" when I start knocking pounding the scotxh. Like I need more reasons to pound down a few dozen shots of scotch. Just the taste of the peat smoke and falling off my chair is enough.

jking 8 years, 2 months ago

I think that this is a good idea b/c it would get the alcoholics to stop drinking. That or it would just run them to the ground with no money. Isn't this just the best place to live?

David Albertson 8 years, 2 months ago

It comes out to about 50 cents per 30 pack. Hardly worth driving to Missouri for. There's that much difference between liquor stores. The real question is: When are the politicians going to wake up and smell the weed? If they want tax revenue, pot is where it's at. We ban a natural plant that grows in the dirt but we promote man made substances that all too often are proven to be very harmfull and even fatal.

David Albertson 8 years, 2 months ago

Not to mention that the Cartels are raking in Billions of dollars while our States struggle to provide basic services. How pathetic. Atleast we think we are stopping people from getting stoned.

viagra_sailor 8 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, government, for sin taxing me once again. I always look to you to know what's good and evil.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 2 months ago

This just says to me that it's ok for American citizens to kill themselves to the order of 50,000 people per year, as long as there is $$ to be made. Hard to understand why the government doesn't want anything to do with taxing marijuana, which has never killed anyone....

Chris Beilman 8 years, 2 months ago

Anyone see a pattern here? Cigs and alcohol tax .. Is the gas pump next? Same old taxes, different year !!!

Sharon Aikins 8 years, 1 month ago

Good to see them hitting someone besides the smokers. And, let's face it, a lot more people drink than smoke these days. Great "windfall" tax for this stupid state. Maybe we needd a kickback and payoff tax in this state too.

jackpot 8 years, 1 month ago

skinny go to mo to buy your beer. The LEO's around the state line loved boot-legers. They watch for that around the holidays.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 1 month ago

heck yea raise the tax on alcohol an extra $6.00 even better hike it up to $14.00 a bottle. This will defiantly open the market up to interstate Trade OR People Can start making their own Alcohol If you have NEver tried its Really Easy its just sugar and yeast and fruit .

anon1958 8 years, 1 month ago

RETICENT_IRREVERENT (anonymous) says...

Damn regressive taxes.

No, this is a luxury tax, not a regressive tax. If this tax reduces your alcohol consumption, consider it a favor.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 1 month ago

I have made over 25 gallons of this stuff its easy to make and its Really strong yet taste is delicious.

Champagne yeast is what I use its $0.18 a packet and can make 5 gallons(you can get it from any brew supply store.

you can make it out of apples or any fruit just know that for fruits with high acidic level or aka low ph level you will need to add Ant-acid Tablets (Tums) Calcium carbonate yeast love to ferment stuff that is on the 5 and up range for ph Level.

Make your own 5 Gallons of 20 Proof alcohol for less than 15 dollars. NOW THATS A GOOD TIME !!!

estespark 8 years, 1 month ago

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue...

Kyle Reed 8 years, 1 month ago

Moronic at best. If they really want to put in place a "sin" tax start taxing fast food at a higher rate. All the holier than thou preaching about it "also helping to reduce drinking" would fall out of their chairs at the thought of their McDonalds and Burger King being targeted.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

Where do our tax dollars go that demand constant increases?

Why not demand that voters have a more substantial vote in regards to how tax dollars are spent thus cutting wasteful spending on local special interests??

Perhaps it would be best to focus on all of the Free Lunch programs that are stealing OUR tax dollars thus our city and county need to find away to make up for the tax dollar give aways:

Wasteful tax dollar spending = tax and user fee hikes Sprawl wastes tax money. It pulls economic resources away from existing communities and spreads them out over sparse developments far away from the core. Taxes subsidize millions of dollars worth of new roads, new water and sewer lines, new schools and increased police and fire protection at the expense of the needs of the core communities. This leads to degradation of our older neighborhoods, towns, cities and higher taxes.

Stop the wasteful subsidies that increase our local cost of living and tell local big business to stand on its' own!

phoggyjay 8 years, 1 month ago

don't raise taxes on alcohol...legalize cannabis and tax the hell outta it. leave the lushes alone. make us potheads bring the economy back...we don't mind.

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pace 8 years, 1 month ago

I approve. I have no desire to feed sandwiches to the elderly and infirm under the bridges. I support the other ideas that help restore services that enable people to stay in their homes or return to the work force. Those services are needed. Skinny you should just move to Missouri, though I am sure your taxes on booze far out way mine or almost anyone I know. I don't have some feud with Missouri but I do encourage you to move. More drinking and less driving is the best we can hope for some.
Support services are realistic.

Angie Dick 8 years, 1 month ago

Did I read that right? If I drink a beer, I gotta pay extra taxes on it for the mentally ill/disabled? I THINK THAT IS A BUNCH OF BS. I think 80% of the people that claim, They are disabled or mentally ill are taking advantage of the benifits, people that really need the help, They have to fight for it! it's all bass ackwords. I have friends that really are disabled, they fought for yrs (some still are) for SSI. I know a few that walk in the door and basically walk out with a check (nothing wrong with them, just know how to play the system) NOT RIGHT!

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