An influential Democratic lawmaker from Brooklyn is proposing legislation that flies in the face of Governor Spitzer's pledge to resist any new taxes.
Our old friend Felix Ortiz, whom we mentioned in a recent post related to proposing legislation to license strippers, has another brilliant idea to turn the state around. Ortiz now wants to add a 25-cent tax on every alcoholic beverage sold in New York State. What would that mean to you and I? It means a 24-count case of beer would be $6.00 higher.
Ortiz, who is Chairman of the Assembly Alcoholism Committee, says tacking a 25-cent tax on every alcoholic beverage sold in New York will help tame what he calls an epidemic of underage drinking.
It's good to see that Assemblyman Ortiz has his priorities in order. First licensing pole dancers, now taxing alcohol on the people of New York who legally purchase and responsibly consume alcohol. Why stop there Felix? Why not toss a massive tax onto the fast food industry? Everyone knows that fast food significantly contributes to obesity in this country.
Why stop there? Why not tax MA-rated video games? They're hazardous to the mental well-being of kids, aren't they? Hell, how about taxing the entire Internet? It's chock full of things that are bad for us.
Come on, Felix, get back to Albany and offer some legislation that addresses the core concerns of the people of this state: Jobs and taxes. That is, of course, if you can pull yourself away from conducting further "research" on the licensing of pole dancers.