Smirnoff Ice & Other Malt Drinks Targeted for Tax Hike in LA Times Alcohol Industry Biased Article
Fun froo-froo drinks like Smirnoff Ice, Seagram's Coolers, Bacardi Silver and Mike's Hard Lemonade got a vote of approval in the form of a $3.10 per gallon tax (from 2-cents for a 12 oz. bottle to 31-cents), raising the price of six-pack malt liquors near $2.00. The proposed tax increase is due to reclassification of "alcopops" from beer to distilled spirits. The process for the increased tax could take a year to complete.
Interestingly enough, according to an article in the LA Times today, the "lobbyists" pushing for this change were teenagers: "'I was tired of seeing my peers drink these products,' said Jimmy Jordan, an 18-year-old from the Sacramento area who helped draft the petition. 'I was tired of seeing people drinking and doing dumb things.'
According to the ">petition (.pdf), the teenagers represent Friday Night Live, S.M.A.C.C. and the California Youth Council.
Kudos to the group of teens for getting active and petitioning around the state for this tax hike (but who is funding you?). However, $2 ain't going to stop "dumb things" from happening ever.
Sorry, but this proposed tax seems to have good intentions with piss poor reasoning. That is, if you only read what the LA Times fed you.