liquor taxes en Taxing Liquor in Michigan <p>There are taxes, and then there are taxes. Some are straightforward. If I spend ten dollars at the hardware store this afternoon, I know I&rsquo;ll pay sixty cents in sales taxes.</p><p>But other taxes are hidden, and may be higher than we suspect. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is an independent, non-partisan think tank with a strong fiscally libertarian bias.</p><p>Last week, it released a statistical analysis of liquor prices. The center found they are higher in states like Michigan where the state government acts as the statewide wholesale distributor.</p><p>How much higher? A little over six percent. They took as their example a fifth of a particular common brand of Scotch. They found that it costs, on average, a dollar fifty-nine more a bottle in the seventeen states like Michigan where government is the wholesaler. The Mackinac Center said this amounted to, &ldquo;a substantial hidden tax on a commodity already subject to large state and federal taxes.&rdquo; The implication is that this is bad.</p><p>However, I&rsquo;m not so sure. I suppose it would bother me more if it were a tax on baby formula, or if the tax left liquor costing twenty percent more than in Illinois, for example. But nobody forces anybody to buy a bottle of Scotch. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:58:50 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3946 at Taxing Liquor in Michigan