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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Idaho Looks at Bumping Tax on Beer

In what has become an all too common refrain from state legislatures this session, Idaho has become the latest state to consider hiking the tax on beer to meet budget shortfalls.

Idaho state Sen. Joe Stegner is one of those calling for a review of the beer tax. The 6 percent excise tax has remained constant for 46 years. During the same time period the sales tax in Idaho has doubled.

Sen. Stegner and others in the Idaho legislature say increases to the tax could help fund alcohol treatment programs.

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