February 16, 2009

Guess the political party!

Local Portland, OR story from KGW Channel 8:

Five Oregon state lawmakers want to impose a hefty tax on beer and have introduced a bill that brewers say would cripple them.

Four Portland legislators joined a Springfield senator to introduce Oregon House Bill 2461, which would impose a $49.61 tax on each barrel of beer produced by Oregon brewers.

The tax would raise revenue for the state at a time when budgets are running in the red. Specifically, the bill says it would fund prevention, treatment and recovery programs for those addicted to alcohol and other substances.

It also defends the tax by claiming alcoholism and “untreated substance abuse” costs the state $4.15 billion in “lost earnings” as well as more than $8 million for health care and nearly $1 billion in law enforcement-related expenditures.

Prior versions of the beer tax bill have exempted small breweries but this one does not.

House Bill 2461 has been introduced by Portland Reps. Ben Cannon and Michael Dembrow, Portland Sens. Jackie Dingfelder and Diane Rosenbaum, and Springfield Sen. William Morrisette.

That additional $49.61 is a, um, 1,900% tax increase, folks. But notice that the article does not list anywhere the political affiliation of any of the bill's sponsors. They are all Democrats. (See here and here for proof.) Which shouldn't come as a surprise, I suppose, for this station. It notes on its main page that it's an "AP Award winner, Best Oregon TV Web Site, 2007."

And we all know how consistent the AP is when it comes to labeling politicans now, don't we?

Posted by Hube at February 16, 2009 12:26 PM | TrackBack

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Hmmm...a lot of noise about burgers and fries designed to affect the folk who indulge and enjoy them; yet another tax coming to the people who indulge and enjoy a smoke...I suppose it's about time they increased the taxes on alcohol so can't get too excited about that. But, somehow, fifty Centrum twice a day doesn't make the golden years seem very palatable. No steak, no glass of wine, no cigarette...might have to rethink my plans for my centennial.

Posted by: Nancy Cleveland at February 16, 2009 02:51 PM

"That additional $49.61 is a, um, 1,900% tax increase, folks. But notice that the article does not list anywhere the political affiliation of any of the bill's sponsors. They are all Democrats."

It's implied LOL

Posted by: John Feroce at February 16, 2009 06:41 PM

Obama and company would love to be able to get away with this sort of extortion.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at February 16, 2009 07:12 PM

And who this really hurts is not the Wall Street fatcat, but the everyday working SOB who wants to have a few brews after work.

Why don't they get this?

First porn, now beer. The two things that make life bearable !

Posted by: Shirley at February 17, 2009 03:23 PM