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Text – S.1444 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of tax regarding the taxation of distilled spirits. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

via Text – S.1444 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of tax regarding the taxation of distilled spirits. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress.

As Alaska has one of the highest rates of alcoholism, fetal alcohol syndrome and alcohol fueled domestic violence I am very disappointed to see Senator Sullivan co-sponsor this law to reduce taxes on distilled spirits.

As of this writing, the text of the bill was unavailable, so I don’t know how much Senator Sullivan wishes to reduce the tax by. But anything that makes it likely Alaskans will drink even more is probably a bad idea.

For further reading:

Economic Costs of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Alaska, 2012. McDowell Group for Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Alaska Substance Abuse Prevention Program, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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