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Michigan beer tax hike bill lands with sobering thud

Jon Harrison

Michigan is “absolutely not” going to raise its beer tax nearly 250 percent, a state House leader said Thursday, offering a sobering prediction for new alcohol legislation designed to raise revenue for health and treatment programs.

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, this week introduced a bill that would boost Michigan’s beer excise tax for the first time since 1966, upping the rate from $6.30 to $21.70 per barrel, or about 1.9 cents to 6.6 cents per 12-ounce can or bottle.

The tax would then be tied to inflation, meaning it could rise in future years without legislative approval.

“It’s a user tax,” said Hooker, a third-term legislator who hopes his bill will spark a conversation about an issue to which he has personal connections. His mother spent several years in an orphanage because her parents had problems with alcohol, Hooker said, and he’s personally never touched the stuff.

For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan beer tax hike bill lands with sobering thud", Detroit News, September 15, 2016

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