Ellis wants alcohol tax funds to aid treatment

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

JUNEAU - All alcohol tax revenue would go toward drug treatment and prevention programs in Alaska under a bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Johnny Ellis.

According to Ellis' office, the state receives about $40 million a year from excise taxes and currently half the revenue goes toward substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.

Ellis has given Gov. Sean Parnell credit for wanting to crack down on domestic violence and sexual assault in the state. But the Anchorage Democrat also has been among the lawmakers calling for greater attention to substance abuse issues which they believe often help fuel the violence.

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