Post Number: 1453
|Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 09:16 pm: ||
So Denny, how many of your local micros produce over 200k barrels? This is gonna hurt.
OREGON DRINKERS FACE HIGH BEER TAX
Oregon beer drinkers could be facing new taxes as a result of last month's elections. Democrats took control of the state legislature for the first time in 18 years and some are already talking about increasing the beer tax for the first time since 1976. "With a Democratic House, Senate and governor, I think we can pass the bill," said state Sen. Bill Morrisette in a story in the Eugene Register-Guard. Morrisette previously has been thwarted in several attempts to boost the tax. He wants to raise the levy on a 12-ounce glass from three-quarters of a penny to 10 1/2 cents - boosting it from one of the lowest rates in the country to the highest. Morrisette's proposal exempts breweries that produce fewer than 200,000 barrels per year from the new tax.
Post Number: 6047
|Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 09:48 pm: ||
I don't believe there is any longer a brewery in Oregon that produces more than 200,000 barrels annually. In fact, there are only a couple of craft breweries in the US (Sierra Nevada, New Belgium) with that kind of production. So essentially it's a tax on out-of-state beer. Governments are always looking for sources of revenue, but an increase of 1300 percent in the beer tax seems excessive by all but the most extreme standards. I'm guessing that cooler heads will prevail in the legislature; after all, Democrats are beer drinkers, too.
Post Number: 661
|Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 10:01 pm: ||
If it passes, I would expect a flood of newbies on this board!
Post Number: 636
|Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 03:49 am: ||
I'm suprised to learn that Republicans controlled the Oregon state house for nearly 20 years.
Post Number: 1454
|Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 02:45 pm: ||
Good point Patrick, I didn't think of that. Isn't Oregon full of hippies like Denny?