by Jesse & Amanda with Pike in the Morning,posted Feb 26 2013 7:15AM
A Minnesota state representative has proposed a tax increase on alcohol that would raise it 300 percent or more. Senator Chris Eaton (D-Brooklyn Center) wrote this proposal that would raise money to go towards chemical dependency treatment and evaluation.
Current: $5.03 per gallon Proposed: $17.82 per gallon Wine
Current: $.95 per gallon Proposed: $8.24 per gallon Beer
Current: $2.40 per 31-gallon barrel Proposed: $13.97 per 31-gallon barrel
Local prespective: If the tax hike does go through, owners at the Garage Bar say a domestic beer would go from $3.75 to about 6 bucks to offset costs from lost business, because customers would be going across the river to drink.
Instead of raising the price why wouldn't the State of MN open the off sales on Sunday and let them stay open until 1 am, like ND. We don't need more money for chemical dependency. They need to lower the deficit.
The impact on already struggling border cities is going to be significant. This will make ghost towns out of cities that currently survive because of colleges, and night life. Taxing more to spend more is not the solution. Spending less, is.
Trust me people will drive across the boarder make their purchases.