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Old 02-14-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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I live in the big KY, so I have no say but....just saw on the news that there is a proposed law that would raise the tax on breweries by 1900%! What now costs the brewery (read the consumer) $2 and change per barrel, might soon cost $45 something! The lawmakers are open to negotiations on the amount of tax, as Oregon supposedly has the lowest tax rate in the US and it has not been changed since the '70s.

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Old 02-14-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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Oregon's beer tax is currently $2.60 per 31-gallon barrel, which is fourth lowest in the nation. HB-2461, also sponsored by Representatives Ben Cannon (D-Portland) and Michael Dembrow (D-Portland), would set the new "prevention, treatment and recovery tax" at $49.61 per 31-gallon barrel, easily the highest in the nation. The current tax is about 0.79 cents per 12-ounce glass of beer, or about 4.7 cents a six-pack. The new tax would be about 15 cents per 12-ounce glass of beer and 90 cents a six-pack.
The idiots in Salem can't get it through their heads that a moderate tax increase (say 300%) would be something the brewers can live with. The state goberdent HATES beer, brewers and beer drinkers. They LOVE winos, though. Much of the increase would go to "help" winos.

So, they propose huge increases and they get stomped on.
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