The California state excise tax on a 750-ml bottle of wine is four cents. Signatures will soon be taken for a ballot measure to raise this tax to
seven cents twelve cents more than five dollars:
A measure that would raise the excise tax on a 750 ml bottle of wine from 4 cents to $5.11 has been cleared for circulation by the Secretary of State. Proponents can begin collecting the 433,971 signatures needed to put the initiative on the November ballot.
The measure would push the tax on a six-pack of beer from 11¢ to $6.08, and raise the total tax on a 750 ml bottle of distilled spirits from 65 cents to $17.57.
The full text is here [pdf]. The proponents must collect 433,971 signatures in 150 days to get the measure onto the ballot.
Personally, I think that if California is in such dire financial straits, they should enact an excise tax on ballot initiatives.