Supporters claimed victory last Tuesday night on Massachusetts Question One, which exempts alcohol from state sales tax.
“We are grateful to our customers, who supported us in this repeal of the double tax on alcohol,” said the Yes on One Committee in a statement. “The voters supported Question One because it’s unfair to double tax one product and because it was putting too many local businesses at a competitive disadvantage.”
Opponents argued that the sales tax helped fun alcohol treatment programs. Massachusetts added a sales tax on alcohol last year. It had already been subject to a special excise tax.
“We certainly support the continued funding of substance abuse programs, which have been funded by the state for years and were funded at the same level this past year. We will work to make sure they maintain at least the same level of funding,” The Yes on One Committee said.