Beer Tax Shadow Darkens My Day
John Foyston sends along a press releases (pdf) from Oregon Partnership about the beer tax. I pass it along to you, so that your day may be similarly darkened. (And that's before the Blazers play.)
Coming on the heels of positive poll numbers and an endorsement by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, a proposal to raise the Oregon beer tax for the first time in 32 years is attracting more support.They also mention results of a poll by Moore Information (about which I know nothing but, such is my nature, am skeptical):
Such groups as Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon , the Oregon Prevention Education Recovery Association, and the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse have thrown their support behind House Bill 2461.
- 61 percent of Oregonians favor increasing the beer and wine tax by fifteen cents a glass in order to ensure adequate funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. This tax is supported in all regions of the state among Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike.
- Given a choice between cutting funding of substance abuse treatment and prevention programs or increasing taxes to ensure these programs are adequately funded, increasing the beer and wine tax is preferred by a margin of 64 percent to 29 percent.
- 80 percent of voters statewide are concerned about substance abuse, with voters outside the Portland Metro area most concerned.
- 64 percent expect substance abuse problems to increase as a result of the recession.