On Wednesday the City Council voted on a special petition filed by City Councilor Bill Linehan and City Councilor Frank Baker proposing a 2% alcohol tax with the funds going to addiction recovery efforts.
The council voted 10-3 against the proposed tax. Linehan, Baker, and council President Michelle Wu were the votes for it.
Back in 2015, councilors held a hearing on the proposed tax but did not formally bring the petition to council vote due to lack of support. Back in 2010, 6.25 % tax on liquor store sales by the state (Question 1) was repealed by voters with more than 50 percent of the vote.
No surprise, MA Package Stores Association and Massachusetts Restaurant Association were opposed to the new alcohol tax as well.