Do you usually support raising sin taxes to find money to pay for government programs?
Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 10, 2008
“Usually I do. I think that the products sin tax is charged on are unnecessary, and therefore if people want them, they can pay more for them. And a higher tax on them might discourage people from using them, which is usually better for their health.”
“Yeah, I do. Like with cigarettes, it helps the state pay for what it needs and might get some people to quit. It’s a win-win.”
“I would support it on the cigarettes, but the alcohol - no.”
“I love sin tax, because it’s for things we don’t need but are going to buy anyway. So I don’t mind paying a little extra to help pay for real needs.”