Letter to the editor: Tax increase on tobacco, liquor will hurt Minnesota
This letter is in response to Rep. Erik Simonson’s column in the April 21 issue of the Budgeteer on the Opinion Page headlined, “DFL tax plan provides a fairer road to prosperity.” To raise the tobacco tax will cost the state of Minnesota billions. Tobacco is cheaper in Minnesota than Wisconsin. Most people from Wisconsin buy their tobacco in Minnesota. To lose all this revenue would be stupid.
Since the smoking ban, most small bars in Minnesota are suffering greatly. To raise liquor taxes would put many of them out of business. When they close the unemployment goes up. All the distributors that supply them lose money, lay off employees and go out of business. It’s a tough business already with dram insurance, price of a drink. All this tax will do is chase everyone over to Wisconsin.
The state is trying to figure out how to pay for the new Vikings stadium. Electronic pull tabs failed. Why don’t we decriminalize poker machines like Wisconsin? These machines generate over $1 billion a year and help the suffering bar business, and would pay for the new stadium.
Neil S. Davis