The forum considered whether sin taxes
are guided by clear taxation principles that reduce behaviors society wishes to discourage, or if they are simply a convenient means to help boost state budgets.
Since it is difficult for advocates to claim that the poor do not take the hardest economic blow from sin taxes
, they tend to make the dubious argument that the poor will enjoy the largest health benefits, or simply assert that sin taxes
might not be fair but are justifiable on other grounds.
In the case of the business margins tax, 27 percent of those who were dissatisfied said they think that tax should be increased; 18 percent said the same about sin taxes
As the justification for sin taxes
shifts from solving a social engineering problem to a more explicit paternalistic approach, the logic of the argument shifts.
One of the major arguments raised against sin taxes
is that they fall disproportionately on the poor, who typically engage in unhealthy behaviors at higher rates than other segments of the population.
Instead, let us have sin taxes
that take a bite out of the wallets of the rich, and put some money in the poor box for those most sinned against.
Zimmerman discusses excise taxes, focusing on state cigarette and liquor taxes, the most common of the sin taxes
UK prices were high because successive Chancellors had whacked up duty on beers, wines and spirits, while their Continental counterparts levied only tiny sin taxes
Lynch denied his move to again raise socalled sin taxes
was a risky political strategy less than two months before he files to seek a third, two-year term of office.
And since public health programs are increasingly funded through sin taxes
, states have gone fishing for a sin.
offers a new approach to the question of whether our sin taxes
on alcohol are doing very much to inculcate the intended virtues.
If your state experienced severe budget shortfalls, which would you rather see in addition to belt tightening?