Harrisburg, PA Considers Charge for Harm


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Mayor Linda Thompson has asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow cities and municipalities to impose a 10% tax on alcohol. The plan was originally proposed by a task force as a way to close Harrisburg’s growing budget gap. The tax would help offset the city’s immense law enforcement costs associated with alcohol use. "Our police officers are often called out for DUIs and disturbances after night clubs let out. And that can wrack up a police budget that way into overtime we normally don't anticipate," Thompson said. A bill to allow cities and municipalities to tax alcohol is expected to be introduced in Pennsylvania within the next few months.