The way I understand it, the proposed alcohol tax revenue would fund programs to reduce substance abuse, child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. It would also fund more shelter beds for the homeless and first responder positions. These are all major issues within the Municipality of Anchorage and the state of Alaska.
Does alcohol contribute to the problems mentioned above? Yes, but it’s not the only contributing factor. Why are we targeting a select group to pay for the cost of programs and services to address these issues? Why not have a citywide sales tax or some other broad-based tax? The answer is because it’s easier to target a specific group to have them pay for something that benefits all of us.
— Craig Chapman
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