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. Sign Up For

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

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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.

Taxing Drink and Fun