May 18, 2009

Beer Tax


If you like beer in Illinois, get ready. They're going to RAISE your BEER TAX.

Key legislative "leaders" contemplated hiking the state's tax on beer by 2.6 cents per six pack for the first time in a decade to help underwrite a proposed multibillion-dollar statewide construction program. [Because nothing makes more sense to fund a road with more beer taxes, right?]

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) confirmed talk of a beer tax, which would be part of a trio of liquor tax increases under consideration. Taxes of 13 cents per bottle of wine and 80 cents per bottle of hard liquor have been on the table.

"The beer people feel left out so we're considering adding them," Cullerton quipped.

If I weren't angry enough before, and then I read Cullerton's cute little slight.

(more) Luckily, there's already a mascot.

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