Beer Tax Battle Brewing?

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

At the Michigan Brewing Co. in Webberville, a sign on a corkboard encourages customers to say no to a beer tax.

Staft there has been collected signatures on a petition with that message as well.

It is a preemptive strike against a higher beer tax. It's an idea that's been floated as a way to help fill the $2 billion budget hole expected for the state next year. It has not been proposed.

Brewers are taking notice while the tobacco industry is fighting similar "sin taxes" on their products.

Governor Granholm's budget recommends a 5% increase in the tax on cigarettes, and a doubling of the tax on other tobacco products.

It also recommends increases in liquor mark-ups from the state.

All three combined would bring in an estimated $87 million in added revenue.

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