The Liberal Tax and Spend schmucks in the state of Oregon want to impose a 1900% tax increase on Beer Sales to help their budget.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Five Oregon state lawmakers want to impose a hefty tax on beer and have introduced a bill that brewers say would cripple them.
Four Portland legislators joined a Springfield senator to introduce Oregon House Bill 2461, which would impose a $49.61 tax on each barrel of beer produced by Oregon brewers.
The tax would raise revenue for the state at a time when budgets are running in the red. Specifically, the bill says it would fund prevention, treatment and recovery programs for those addicted to alcohol and other substances.
The bill’s language defends the tax by arguing alcoholism and “untreated substance abuse” costs the state $4.15 billion in lost earnings as well as more than $8 million for health care and nearly $1 billion in law enforcement-related expenditures.
As is typical of Democrats, they promise no tax increases for Joe the Plumber and Bob the Builder, but then in a underhanded way they sneak it in under the radar and go after things like beer and cigarettes.
I guess it doesn’t bother the idiots that tax increases like this in tough economic times will force people to quit drinking beer, fewer beer sales, thus job losses and the final outcome…Less revenue for the idiots to spend and a need to seek a new source of tax and spend revenue. If that tax is passed it would mean consumers would pay $315 million more (in 2009) to buy the same amount of beer they bought in 2008.
Perhaps it may be time for a “Boston Beer Party” and revolt against the taxation without representation like our founding fathers did.