A proposed tax on alcoholic drinks could give new meaning to the phrase "drinking away your problems" by funneling new revenue toward municipalities in financial distress.
The "Optional Distressed Municipality Alcohol Consumption Tax" is a proposal from the Local Government Commission Act 47 Task Force, which is working through an update to the state's designation for fiscally distressed municipalities.
The task force's recommended legislation, which could be introduced in the General Assembly as early as this fall.
The proposed drink tax would be up to 10 percent of the sale price. Vendors who don't collect or remit the tax could lose their liquor licenses. A similar consumption tax already exists in Philadelphia, where revenues go toward the school district. Allegheny County has a drink tax, too.
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