Alcohol tax hike would fund substance abuse programs

You could be paying a lot more for alcohol and tobacco soon. A bill being considered by state legislators would up the taxes on beer, wine, hard alcohol, and cigarettes by nearly 50 percent to help fund substance abuse programs. If passed, the measure would mean a 75-million-dollar increase for state substance abuse programs. It would also help fund a pilot program to treat heroin addicts. Supporters say the measure is much needed. Critics say the price of cigarettes is high enough.