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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is the only state that requires people to fill out an application and pay a fee before entering a bar.
But the shelf life of this law appears to be dwindling.
In Utah, and across the country, lawmakers faced with budget deficits are advocating loosening laws that restrict alcohol consumption in the hopes of boosting tax revenues.
In Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana, Texas, Alabama and Minnesota, lawmakers are considering legislation that would end the ban on Sunday liquor sales. All but 15 states sell booze on Sundays.
In Nebraska, a state lawmaker has proposed allowing beer to be consumed in state parks as a way to boost tourism.
But drinkers shouldn't break out the bubbly just yet: Two dozen states, including Virginia, are looking to help their budgets by raising alcohol taxes.
Originally posted by Walkswithfish
Check this out, this state is seeking to raise the beer tax as much as 1,900% ... which according to the report would mean an additional cost of $2 to $4 per six-pack.
Originally posted by LordBaskettIV
WHAT!? Come on people, they can't tax ANY of this stuff. Number one reason to form a new country...Being taxed to death, and told what to do. Oh yeah, they did that to create this country(the USA). Where is everybodys backbone? Legalize Pot and tax it!? What!? The goverment has no right to tax it, beer, porn(what the heck!?),ect. Our goverment is blowing through TRILLIONS! Hasn't the last 60 years of throwing money at problems through taxation taught us something? It doesn't work. We keep giving them money it gets skimmed off the top by what appears to be lots of people, and in the end we get crap results. Someone needs to drive the red coats out.
States are facing a great fiscal crisis. At least 46 states faced or are facing shortfalls in their budgets for this and/or next year, and severe fiscal problems are highly likely to continue into the following year as well. Combined budget gaps for the remainder of this fiscal year and state fiscal years 2010 and 2011 are estimated to total more than $350 billion.
States are currently at the mid-point of fiscal year 2009 — which started July 1 in most states — and are in the process of preparing their budgets for the next year. Over half the states had already cut spending, used reserves, or raised revenues in order to adopt a balanced budget for the current fiscal year — which started July 1 in most states. Now, their budgets have fallen out of balance again. New gaps of $51 billion (over 10% of state budgets) have opened up in the budgets of at least 42 states plus the District of Columbia. These budget gaps are in addition to the $48 billion shortfalls that these and other states faced as they adopted their budgets for the current fiscal year, bringing total gaps for the year to 15 percent of budgets.
The states fiscal problems are continuing into the next two years. At least 45 states have looked ahead and anticipate deficits for fiscal year 2010 and beyond. These gaps total almost $94 billion — 16 percent of budgets — for the 36 states that have estimated the size of these gaps and are likely to grow as gaps are re-estimated in the next few months.