Officials OK tax hike for sugary alcohol drinks
Posted by Bob Skilnik on August 15, 2007
The decision, which affects ‘alcopops’ such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade, is a victory for a group opposed to underage drinking.
SACRAMENTO — A group of California teenagers working to curb underage drinking scored a victory Tuesday when state officials voted to impose a steep new tax on sweet alcohol drinks, such as Smirnoff Ice, Seagram’s Coolers, Bacardi Silver and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
The state Board of Equalization decided to treat flavored malt beverages as distilled spirits rather than as beer, a move that will boost the tax on a six-pack of the drinks by nearly $2.