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,… Continue reading Indiana Lawmakers Urged To Hike Alcohol Tax

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,… Continue reading Budget Bill Moves To Kentucky Senate Floor

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… Continue reading KY House Approves Budget Plan

Alcohol Tax Opposition Speaks Out in Frankfort

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The alcoholic beverage industry is trying to derail the tax train that appears to leaving the station in the Kentucky General Assembly. In the ongoing effort to fill an almost half-billion dollar hole in the state budget, House and Senate leaders are considering raising alcohol and cigarette taxes. But… Continue reading Alcohol Tax Opposition Speaks Out in Frankfort