I really hate to rock the boat with my super-unpopular opinions, but I'm gonna have to say that I'm kinda not in favor of city legislatures imposing 1900% taxes on alcoholic beverages…
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 bill's language defends the tax by arguing 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.
I know everyone's gonna jump all over me for this one, but this just seems a tad bit reactionary to me.
Maybe it's just because I live in New York City where a 1900% pay hike would translate into a $114 pint of beer at your average Manhattan bar.
And that's slightly more than I generally feel like paying.
Tags: Alcohol, Oregon