By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press Writer
Package store owners and liquor distributors are pushing for Question 1 to pass on the Nov. 2 state ballot, repealing the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol.
The industry says it’s been losing sales to tax-free New Hampshire since the tax was imposed on liquor in August 2009.
Alcohol was previously exempt from sales tax.
But opponents say alcohol is hardly a necessity and should not be exempt.
They also say repealing the tax would hurt community-based programs that treat substance abuse, since much of the tax’s revenue goes to those services.
Chelmsford liquor store owner John Harrington says his business is down about 8 percent in the last year. And some store owners say they’ve been forced to cut staff.
The industry has raised nearly $2 million to push for Question 1.