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Outrage brewing over proposed 1,900% Oregon beer tax hike

http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_021309_news_oregon_beer_tax.126942e1.html?npc
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.
…this has NOTHING to do with combating “addiction,” but rather crippling profitable industries within individual states so gangraping pirate banksters can scoop up their ruins at a cheap price. Eastern Washington grows some of the best hops on the planet, and many Pacific Northwest local breweries have thrived around this natural resource in Washington and Oregon.
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February 17, 2009 - Posted by | Financial High Treason

2 Comments »

  1. Liberals doing what they know best, raising taxes and spending money. I don’t know what this country is coming to, glad I’ll be gone in 20 years cause there ain’t gonna be nothing left worth fighting for.

    Comment by beebull | February 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. These people with alcohol abuse issues aren’t drinking craft beers in the first place.

    Spend 5 minutes at the liquor store, and you will see that they are drinking cheap vodka like McCormick, Skol, Taaka, etc, and crap ass blended whiskies like Kentucky Deluxe.

    Besides, if Oregon raises a tax on themselves, there are still plenty of great craft beers made elsewhere in other states that will still be able to keep costs down.

    To the people of Oregon: Your breweries make great beer, but you fill your statehouse with these whack jobs, and you get what your deserve.

    Comment by Tom | May 7, 2009 | Reply


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