A Taxing Dilemma: Alcohol, Gambling, Tobacco Contributors Fight Proposed Increases
Publication Date: January 2004
Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)
Author(s): Paul Richards
When states across the country faced budget shortfalls in 2003, many legislatures turned to so-called "sin taxes" on alcohol, tobacco and gambling to raise money. But these targeted industries had started their legislative battles in the 2002 election cycle, when they made strategic campaign contributions.