Idaho might be the next state to consider hiking taxes on alcohol.
The Common Interest, a lobbying group, says the state tax on beer should be raised from 15 cents per gallon to 52 cents and the 45-cent per gallon tax on wine should be hiked to $1.56. Idaho does not tax spirits because they are sold through a state store system.
Common Interest says money raised from the tax hike should be used for substance abuse programs. It says effective treatment programs would reduce crime in the state and cut criminal justice costs for state taxpayers.