A failed plan called for Oregon’s beer excise tax to increase 27 times in 2021—another failed project called for a nine-fold increase by 2020. But supporters of House Bill 3312 are not giving up.
This time, people who want the tax to go up like it to go from $2.60 per barrel to $33.60 per barrel for the beers made in Oregon. Under the plan, the tax hike would be spread out over five years. The increase in the excise tax would directly affect the state’s beer, wine, cider, and spirits producers.
Two groups, Oregon Recovers and the Oregon Alcohol Policy Alliance, are in charge of the people who want the tax to go up. These groups want the extra tax money to be used to cut alcohol use, which suggests that alcohol use is part of a bigger, growing problem with drug addiction and abuse.
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Proponents of the new tax rate say that the money it brings in would help pay for programs for people who use drugs and cut down on alcohol use.
The Oregon House of Representatives will likely give the idea much support. It is said that Tawna Sanchez (D-Portland) will be the bill’s sponsor. Representative Sanchez is a co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, which has a lot of power, including the ability to fund or not fund other proposals.
Below is a Twitter post regarding this information.
The Oregon Beverage Alliance is preparing for a battle against the proposed tax hike. Members of the state’s beer, wine, cider, and spirits industries are part of the Alliance. There are a lot of these kinds of businesses all over the state. The Oregon Beverage Alliance is a big deal in Salem, where laws are made.
The Focus hills boro will track house Bill 3312 to see if it passes or dies in the Oregon legislature. For now, we just wanted to let you know that this fight is ongoing. Willamette Week has more information about the plan.