The voters of Massachusetts not only eliminated the alcohol sales tax, they eliminated the primary source of money for the state’s drug and alcohol abuse programs. Now the state has to find a way to pay for the programs in a troubled economic climate.
“It really, really handicaps us. It really puts a lot of the programs on unstable ground,” said Massachusetts State Senator Stephen Tolman.
People who supported the tax argued that the alcohol sales tax was created to protect beds in detox programs. The elimination of the sales tax only threatens those necessary programs.
“If people knew that the money was all going to recovery programs, we would have won,” said Tolman. “They didn’t address that issue. They misled people that this was just money being squandered away by the politicians.”