Proposed increase in alcohol taxes

Beer Tax

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ALBERT LEA, MN — Minnesota state leaders unveiled a tax plan Monday that could impact the cost of a trip to the liquor store.

House Democrats argue that a hike in Minnesota’s alcohol excise tax, which was part of the tax package they unveiled Monday, would be a small, 7-cent-per-drink increase to help the state raise revenue and pay for the social costs of alcoholism.

It could also add as much as $2 to the cost of a standard 12-pack of beer.

But state brewers and liquor stores do not like the sound of it.

“They already have a 9.8 percent sales tax in Albert Lea and with the rising cost of packaging beer itself, everything’s already going up and it goes up every October regardless,” said Jennifer Heinrich, manager of Cheers Liquor in Albert Lea.

Minnesota brewers such as Summit are concerned with the plan. They say it could quadruple their annual tax bills, which they say could make a dent in beer drinkers’ wallets.

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