For the Record...
Gov. Deval L. Patrick will put history to the test in the coming weeks, pressing for urgent action on a plan to slap a new 5 percent sales tax on beer.
It is one of a number of products judged unhealthful by the administration and targeted for new “wellness” sales taxes.
Mr. Patrick has proposed expanding the tax to all alcoholic beverages and soda as well as sweetened soft drinks and candy beginning April 1, with most of the proceeds dedicated to related health programs.
(link via glockguy17 at NES Forum)