Massachusetts Ballot Questions 2017: Sales Tax on Alcohol

Last time around the Massachusetts ballot questions covered hot topic issues like dog racing, state personal tax and marijuana. Now Massachusetts residents are faced with ballot questions regarding sales tax on alcohol. Read about Massachusetts Ballot Question 1, its supporters, opponents and the money behind the question. Included is information about alcohol sales tax in other states. Inform yourself before you vote.

Massachusetts Ballot Questions 2017: Question 1: Sales Tax on Alcoholic Beverages

Brief History: The current 6.25% tax on alcohol and alcoholic beverages sold in package stores is fairly new. The Massachusetts State Legislature removed the previous tax exemption on the alcohol sales. At the same time, they increased Massachusetts sales tax from 5% to 6.25%.

Sales Tax on Alcohol

States and Retail Alcohol Tax

Currently there are only five other states that don’t charge tax on alcohol according to the Boston Globe. They are Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

With its 2009 sales tax on alcohol, Massachusetts joined Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina, five other states that also passed retail sales tax laws in the same year.

You can compare state sales tax on alcohol with this chart from the Tax Foundation.

Voting yes on Question 1 would remove the sales tax. Proponents of voting yes say the tax is a double tax because consumers already pay excise tax. Small business owners, particularly those near the New Hampshire border would also benefit from the repeal of the tax. The tax is seen as a “sin tax” akin to the taxes on cigarettes. Because the tax came at the same time as the sales tax increase, consumers and businesses may have felt it hit them too hard.

Who is in favor of voting Yes on Question 1?

Sometimes the supporters of a ballot question give voters an insight into the benefits and drawbacks of the question. The following groups support voting yes on question 1, to repeal the sales tax on alcoholic beverages.

Vote Yes on One Committee
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association

Follow the Money: Groups That Have Contributed to the Vote Yes on One Campaign according to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign amp; Election Finance.


Legalize Marijuana

Dear President Donald Trump

Dude what is the change you keep talking about?

It looks like the same old crap all over. You know Status Quo, quid pro quo?

Hey if you want to make change happen, make a presidential decision and pardon all the Soldiers, Sailors and Marine vets who have now been busted for smoking marijuana. Doctors recognize it as helpful not harmful. Even the VA realizes that medical Marijuana is useful to aid the sick veterans who suffer from illness caused by Agent Orange from Vietnam days, to the PTSD of WWII through the Gulf amp; Afghanistan wars.

You have the chance to appoint a new Drug Tsar, choose one that understands the will of the people, and choose one that recognizes the sacrifice of our Soldier’s, Sailors and Marines.

They sacrificed their lives and limbs for our freedom, suffered, bled and still suffer and bleed for their service to us. They still are sacrificing their freedom. We all owe them. We all voted and the many states have voted to allow medical use of marijuana, only to be thwarted time and again by Washington’s hill of fools.

Please give back their dignity; please write a presidential executive order allowing medical marijuana use, for our veterans. Ease their suffering, you have the authority with the stroke of your pen you can make it so.

We have in our society a standard. Rules, a well defined measure of conduct. When these rules of society are broken there are penalties. For the most part we as Americans say yes, and work hard trying to stay within the rules of our society.

Most Americans try to live by the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. A great motto and standard for us all.

We as Americans believe in freedom. So much so that we will oblige anyone who wants to try and take it by fighting them so we can keep it. Such as it was Prior to 1776, and after in 1812. Then again prior to 1876, and again in 1917 amp; lets we forget 1940’s.

Did I mention 1950’s and then again in the 1960′ 70’s.


In all of the aforementioned we lost over a million people. Good faithful, loyal, patriots. By Patriots I mean Men who are now dead, and gave up their lives. Many times they surrendered their life to save another brother in arms. But the issue is they sacrificed life and limb so that we could be able to pursue Life liberty and yes the rights afforded by the bill of rights.

Those who were not killed or maimed, those who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and various other battlefield aliments. Or Chemical exposure or any number of other battle field ailments. Now get to come home to an apparently ungrateful nation. America is a nation of People who have apathy toward its vets.

I say apathy because we are willing to set back while they suffer, tucked neatly away out of site out of mind.

The purpose of this site is to enlighten our young Pot smokers to the world where it isn’t just a recreational choice, but a matter of survival.

These souls suffer everyday with no appetite, nightmares, and night terrors, fear and pain. Veterans that are so sick and ailing that they would not eat or sleep were it not for the very herb you use just to escape reality?

They have a reality that will NEVER go away; even stoned they will deal with it.

So when you find this site, Jump on board and this train will ride all the way to Washington DC via your county, your state capital, and every other like minded person can wage this war to save our vets.

So sign up, sign on and let’s roll.