Indiana Lawmakers Urged To Hike Alcohol Tax

Indiana state lawmakers are being urged to consider raising the state’s alcoholic beverage tax to help combat alcohol use by minors. Lisa Hutcheson with the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking says it would be the first such increase since 1981 and would help offset a drop in federal funding. “We need to catch up, […]

Budget Bill Moves To Kentucky Senate Floor

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear made an early morning appearance before the Senate Appropriations and Revenue committee. He was there to urge passage of the tax bill that cleared the House Wednesday 66-34. Beshear says the measure protects his top priorities – education, human services and public safety. “Senate leadership, […]

KY House Approves Budget Plan

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The Kentucky House has approved a budget balancing plan that raises taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. To raise revenue in a non-budget year, House leaders needed a supermajority, or 60 votes, to pass the tax bill. They got 66. Thirty-four lawmakers, including Republican Rep. Stan Lee of Lexington voted […]