2 thoughts on “Beer tax letters to the editor

  1. I’ll preface my remarks by saying that a good deal of my observations are anecdotal. Please let me know where I’m wrong ;-)
    Let’s face it: New York State is not a friendly place to do business. Ignoring the tax issue for a moment, you’ve got oppressive regulation, a crumbling public infrastructure and a court system that allows astronomical punitive damages awarded to plaintiffs when a business is found responsible. Add to that the taxes levied against all businesses in NYS, and you’ve got an environment that makes it pretty hard for any business to become/remain profitable.

    From one of the letters in the Post-Standard:

    “It’s time for the government and the average worker to come together and find an alternative solution to boosting our economy without taxation.”

    -Daniel Oonk, Baldwinsville

    Agreed… but let’s explore the options when it comes to taxation, rather than demonizing it entirely. Consumptive taxes (like, the Fair Tax) outline a framework for raising revenue for our Local, State and Federal Governments without harvesting income, but instead rely on a sales tax driven by consumer and corporate spending. It’s probably too big an idea to fully do justice here, but the wikipedia article linked previously lists out a good deal of the pros and cons of such a system and offers some good sources for further reading on the subject.

    I bring it up here, because in this case, we have an excise tax placed upon a good sold to the public… it’s based on consumption, not income. Anheuser-Busch might stay in Lysander or any other New York setting if their corporate income taxes were replaced with taxes on the goods they buy. I’m merely speaking out of mostly conjecture, but I have a feeling that the tax base in general would be much larger under such a system and thusly reduce the burden on individuals and business alike.

    Feel free to point out where I’m wrong on this… I’m certainly no expert, I just have some crazy opinions that I like to share!

  2. The previous comment has been awarded thebrewauthority’s “most detailed comment award,” for which the submitter will receive as his or her prize our eternal gratitude. Eternal gratitude has a cash value of 1/100 of a cent. Not redeemable on planet earth.
    But in regards to the actual comment, an interesting theory. The problematic aspect is that it is theory, as the excise is one more tax upon tax, upon tax, and not a restructuring of the state’s taxation system. Which I think you alluded to.
    Also if we’re talking A-B, a few cents more on their cheap swill may not be a big deal. But microbrewer’s are working with smaller margins (I’m guessing). Plus, if the state wants to attract MORE breweries, AKA employment, they need to offer the most attractive environment. Oregon is a leader in this regarding the excise tax, and also has a wealth of great craft brewers.

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