An enormous jump in the beer tax has been introduced as possible legislation in California. Assemblyman Jim Beall would like to raise the taxes significantly:

“…The San Jose Democrat on Thursday proposed raising the beer tax by $1.80 per six-pack, or 30 cents per can or bottle. The current tax is 2 cents per can. That’s an increase of about 1,500 percent.”

link: Higher state tax on beer?

It is bewildering whether such a proposal has had any serious research. If just some initial inquiry had been done, Mr. Beall would realize that this would be devastating to the brewers in his state. Perhaps the national / international conglomerates would be able to survive but the local state companies would be ruined. Further, there would be an immediate negative impact on the agricultural sector. Some farm would be destroyed, along with the communities that these agricultural enterprises support.

No matter how well intended, this proposal in numbing in its lack of forethought.

Catherine Forsythe
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