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Friday, February 13, 2009

Drinks & Taxes 2009 v5: Kentucky

The Kentucky legislature is considering a proposal to add a 6 percent tax on all beer, wine and spirits sold in the state.

While industry officials protested the new tax -- several Bourbon distillers dumped whiskey on the steps of the capitol as beer delivery trucks circled the area early this week -- Gov. Steve Beshear urged passage of the bill. Without the new taxes he said the state would have to make cuts to programs.

Kentucky officials face a $456 million revenue shortfall and are considering several new taxes and fees to close the gap.

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