In Oregon, the only benchmark the State met in a 7 yr drive to lower the above mentioned chronic medical conditions, was smoking reduction. This was accomplished by big cigarette tax increases.
Some of these state programs hit only 50% of their goals.
The issue is always $$$ and poor outreach to the communities needing the most assistance, of course. Couldn’t be the cost of medical care and insurance, oh nos. Never!
For a state that bills itself as the "MicroBrewery Capital of the United States “, we can’t seem to get an equitable alcohol tax of some sort, passed. This could be said of the wine industry, as well. The sacred cows of Oregon cause some of these chronic medical conditions, but unlike smoking which is taxed heavily, they escape the taxman because they’re” job creating engines ". Irony, poor health and good lobbyists go hand in hand, often times. What’s on tap?
If the ACA goes away, we’ll have $3.3 Billion state budget hole to repair, mostly affecting Medicaid recipients. Ouch! Fill it with beer and wine, possibly. Get a cork for the bung hole, too.
Oddly enough, we have a booming economy with a historic 3.7% unemployment rate and housing prices are skyrocketing. Rents are as well. Drink up! Have one on the house? No problem.
Our state has a current $1.7 Billion deficit, Corporations’ taxes are the lowest in the nation and they pay only about 80% of what they should ( according to progressive interest groups ). We have no sales tax because some retailers, microbreweries, wineries, restaurants, etc. evidently, don’t like those either. Chug-a-lug! Beer’s on sale at Wal-Mart & Cosco! Awesome!
The lack of a sales tax also allows the underground and under-the-table economy to escape paying taxes, as well. But, those same people require medical care and use other state services, one would imagine. Especially, if they fall off a roof, weed wack their leg or cut their fingers off trimming those tasty sativa buds. Pour some whiskey on it!
But, whatever you do, don’t try to make the state try to collect the necessary taxes to actually run this joint. You might upset the wrong people; you know, the real moochers. And, that’ll drive them to drinkin’, druggin’ and doin’ something illegal. No way, man. When’s happy hour, again?