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Critics prep to fight repeal of Mass. alcohol tax

July 12, 2010

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BOSTON—Critics of a proposed ballot question that would end a recent tax on the sale of alcohol in Massachusetts are gearing up to fight the initiative.

The Committee Against Repeal of the Alcohol Tax says it's ready to wage what it's calling an aggressive public relations campaign to defeat the measure.

The group, which describes itself as an organization of more than 130 public health and health care organizations, said that while basic necessities like clothing and food deserve to be exempted from the state sales tax, alcohol doesn't.

The question is being pushed by the state's liquor stores which opposed the move last year to extend the state's sales tax to alcohol.

They argue that the tax is hurting stores, especially those near the border of tax-free New Hampshire.

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