The priorities of legislators and the governor are clear and people with disabilities don't rank high on their list. In the first year of the new tax rate, less than a fifth of the new revenue from the alcohol tax hike goes to fund disability services. After that, none of the funding is earmarked to help people with disabilities.
In a year when the state found $6 million to subsidize thoroughbred racing and approved $75 million for the governor's new corporate welfare fund, policymakers could have easily found money to boost services for people with disabilities without raising the alcohol tax. Instead, legislators and lobbyists decided to push for an alcohol tax hike under the pretext of helping people with disabilities.
This alcohol tax hike was promoted as a way of helping people with disabilities because its backers know this is a popular cause. The disability community should be condemning legislators who used them as cover to enact a tax hike that will bring in a lot of new revenue, very little of which will go to disability services.