Many spirits-based ready-to-drink products have the same or lower alcohol by volume than beer and wine, but grocery and convenience stores need a special expensive license to carry the spirits-based products. The California Senate Government Organization Committee passed a measure to correct this. The vote came after Adam Smith, vp-state
The anti-alcohol group says raising the current alcohol excise tax could contribute $4.66 billion more in state revenue over the next 10 years while reducing youth consumption, alcohol-related violence, disease, and traffic fatalities. “We are writing out of serious concern regarding two issues confronting California: the state’s estimated
How do legislators raise taxes without raising taxes? Have a regulatory body do it. That's what's going on in Oregon where the Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission announced it "will accept written public comment on a possible increase of the current 50-cent surcharge on each bottle of distilled spirits to $ per
The Kentucky General Assembly passed and sent to the governor a bill that phases out the state's bourbon barrel tax over 20 years. The Kentucky Distillers Association applauded the passage, calling the measure a "common-sense compromise" that protects funding for "schools, fire departments and EMS districts while giving local governments
The proposal by Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek is on top of a temporary 50-cents-a-bottle surcharge recently extended by the Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission. The proposed new tax would, the governor says, fund addiction and recovery services. While conceding the proposal is "well intentioned," the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.