Independent Budget Office Suggests Boosting Taxes on Beer, Liquor and Plastic Surgery

The IBO thinks the city should boost taxes on liquor, wine and beer. (Photo: AFP PHOTO /  LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
The IBO thinks the city should boost taxes on liquor, wine and beer. (Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/Getty)

The city’s Independent Budget Office has some ideas for incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to boost revenue and save cash as he prepares to take the reins of City Hall.

As part of its annual wish list, the group has suggested boosting the city’s tax rate on alcohol–and adding new tax on wine–to rake in nearly $50 million in extra revenue a year. Continue reading “Independent Budget Office Suggests Boosting Taxes on Beer, Liquor and Plastic Surgery”

Mayoral Candidates Want to Let You Drink on Your Stoop

A glass of beer. (Photo: Flickr/Sami Keinänen)
A glass of beer. (Photo: Flickr/Sami Keinänen)

The Democrats vying to become the next mayor of New York City may have some pretty sharp disagreements at times, but a clear consensus emerged during their latest televised debate tonight: drinking on your own stoop should be legal.

The topic is actually a reasonably contentious one in the five boroughs, with the occasional hapless New Yorker being cited for public drinking even though they’re technically on their own property. But all of the leading Democrats want to change this.

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Bloomberg Warns New Year’s Revelers: ‘No Booze. No Drugs. Period’

The 2013 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball (Photo: Getty)
The 2013 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball (Photo: Getty)

Later tonight, thousands of partiers will flock to Times Square in Manhattan, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be hosting a New Year’s Eve bash. Naturally, security for such an event is a concern, and asked about about the topic at a press conference earlier today, Mr. Bloomberg sternly warned the public to behave themselves.

“Well you can never assure 100 percent everything. I can tell you that on a night like this typically, and I expect it to include tonight, crime is way down…The days in the past when there was chaos have long since gone,” Mr. Bloomberg said before giving an ominous warning to partygoers planning to bring alcohol or drugs to the celebration.

“You come to Times Square, we will check backpacks. You cannot bring alcohol or drugs. Don’t try to do it. You’re not going to get away with it,” said the mayor.

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North Carolina Legislators Propose Law To Help Democrats Get Drunk At Their Convention

600px rwb donkey North Carolina Legislators Propose Law To Help Democrats Get Drunk At Their Convention
(Photo: David Ball/Wikimedia Commons)

Legislators in North Carolina have proposed a bill aimed at making sure there will be enough booze at September’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Under current North Carolina law, state-run liquor stores, which are the only source for hard alcohol in the state, must be closed on Sundays and on Labor Day, the day before the convention is scheduled to start. The bill would allow the stores to remain open on Labor Day to prevent bars and restaurants from running out of booze due to the combined imbibing of holiday weekend revelers and early DNC arrivals. Continue reading “North Carolina Legislators Propose Law To Help Democrats Get Drunk At Their Convention”

Colorado Congressional Candidate Informs Voters He’s ‘Not A Beer’ [Video]

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Joe Coors contrasting himself with beer in his new ad. (Photo: YouTube)

He may be an heir to the Coors brewing family, but Colorado congressional candidate Joe Coors is not actually a glass of cool, refreshing beer. In case anyone was confused about this, Mr. Coors makes the distinction crystal clear in his first campaign commercial.

“I’m Joe Coors, I’m not a beer and I approve this message,” Mr. Coors says at the end of his ad.

To make the contrast completely clear and visually illustrate the difference between himself and beer, Mr. Coors appears in the ad standing next to a giant-sized frothy glass of brew. Continue reading “Colorado Congressional Candidate Informs Voters He’s ‘Not A Beer’ [Video]”