A recent Boston Globe editorial strongly opposes the City Council’s proposal to tax all beer, wine and distilled spirits sold in Boston:

THE CITYWIDE alcohol tax proposed by two Boston city councilors is well-meaning but misguided . . .

But a new sales tax on alcohol is not the best way to treat addiction. Alcohol is already subject to an excise tax. And in a statewide 2010 referendum, voters repealed a law passed by the Legislature that would have imposed an additional 6.25 percent sales tax. What’s more, the new city tax — a home rule petition that would require passage by the Legislature and the governor’s signature — would place an unfair burden on Boston, and its restaurants and liquor retailers, to help solve a statewide problem. Why should the liquor purveyors of surrounding communities benefit from such an unfair advantage?

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