With the budget shortage that Louisiana faces, I see most everything being put on the table to raise revenue, except a tax increase on alcohol. Why is that? We have not had a tax increase on beer since 1948, and it is only 32 cents a gallon. Wine has not been increased since 1956, and hard liquor was last increased 30 years ago. Of course, I know that there are no social concerns with alcohol like automobile accidents, health issues, broken homes or lost jobs, but it would seem that the Legislature would look at alcohol as a source of additional income during this time of crisis.

Jim Fouts

retired sales manager