Taxing Drink and Fun

ALBANY—As promised, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is advancing a bill that will impose a 10-cent-per-drink surcharge on alcohol.

He unveiled his bill at a packed press conference at which his  remarks went from advocacy to public-service announcement. Ortiz, who successfully pushed to ban cell phone use while driving and proposed a tax on strip club admissions, said that the estimated $500 million would be used for a dedicated fund to combat teen drinking, drunk driving and alcoholism.

“This is a surcharge on those who like to drink and have fun,” Ortiz said. “They will pay for their own services.”

No one is sponsoring the bill in the State Senate.