What’s the issue?
House Bill 2461 would raise the Oregon beer tax from less than eight-tenths of a penny per glass to $0.15.
The tax is paid on beer that is sold for consumption in Oregon, either by the brewer or the distributor who imports it into the state.
It is projected that the tax increase would raise about $165 million per year or $330 million for the biennium. The money would be dedicated to funding alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, and recovery services, with $50
Echoing previous polls, a survey of Oregon voters conducted by Moore Information, Inc. shows that 61 percent favor increasing the Oregon beer tax by fifteen cents a glass.
The survey conducted last month also revealed concern that alcohol and drug problems will increase as a result of the recession.
Oregon’s beer tax – less than a penny a glass – is effectively the lowest in the country and hasn’t been raised in 32 years.
Oregonians have been bombarded with false information and outrageous predictions about a proposed beer tax increase. It’s time to look at the reality.
• The Oregon beer tax has not been raised in 32 years.
• Oregon’s beer tax is less than a penny per 12-ounce container, effectively the nation’s lowest beer tax. Those states with a slightly lower beer tax than Oregon have a sales tax that puts their total tax higher than ours.
Parents: Hosting underage drinking is NOT OK!
A former high school student, paralyzed in a car collision after a 2006 teenage drinking party, will receive a $2.5 million settlement from the mother of the party's hosts.
George Baldwin, now 22 and paralyzed from the chest down, sued Lauralee Pfeifer after the Nov. 19, 2006, party at their Lake Forest home in Chicago's North Shore area.
Her daughters, then 16 and 17, threw the underage bash. Baldwin left the party with a friend, who crashed his car into a utility box on an Illinois highway.