Thursday, March 22, 2007
Student Group Pushing to Raise North Dakota Beer Tax
A group of North Dakota students is working to gather 15,000 signatures on petitions to get an initiative on a statewide ballot to raise North Dakota's beer tax.
Students Against Destructive Decisions says the $1.3 million in new tax revenue would finance a state commission that would work to prevent alcohol and drug abuse. The student's plan calls for raising the tax of draught beer from 8 cents a gallon to 16 cents and the tax on beer in cans and bottles from 16 cents per gallon to 24 cents. That would cause the price of a case of beer to go up 18 cents.
The students claim that studies show North Dakota youth have the highest rate of binge drinking in the nation.