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Proposed law would increase beer tax

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Your bar tab could get a little more expensive under a proposed law.

The beer tax could increase five cents per 12-ounce can under a proposal from State Rep. Tom Hooker.

The additional money would be given to state recovery programs and police departments for more enforcement of underage drinking laws.

Opponents say the tax increase is too large. 

The following is a statement from Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association on State Rep. Tom Hooker's proposal to increase Michigan's beer tax.

"This shortsighted proposal by Representative Hooker would increase the state's beer tax, already the highest in the Great Lakes region, by 250%,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. "A tax increase of this magnitude would put Michigan businesses at a tremendous disadvantage with neighboring states and hurt a growing industry. Increasing the beer tax will hurt each and every retailer, distributor, brewery and brewpub in Michigan. Michigan’s beer industry pumps $6.6 billion into the state’s economy, employs thousands of people and generates hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. This massive tax increase will stunt the growth of this thriving industry."

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