Oh dear, the session's started.
Chris says its a decent start on the budget.
The N&O says sin taxes won't fly.
Catch all the action here. Play by play.
A liquor tax hike to help fund mental health has been tried before. The beer wholesalers gave every legislator a mug with a red line about a third of the way down, representing how much of your beverage cost was for taxes. The sad thing about the debate was that it was more about taxes and equity and less about mental health.
Besides, they will argue this time, a recession is no time to raise the cost of folks' drinking habits.
Things may be different this go round, however, since there is a different speaker. Let's hope Mr. Hackney and Mr. Basnight, who have supported the sin tax idea in the past, have long ago reached some agreement to deal with the mental health crisis straight on in the short session. And let's hope it doesn't get bogged down in a debate over ox-goring.
Next up: Huge discussion Wednesday on the death penalty.