W.Va. Bill Would Up Beer Tax To A Nickel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The cost of a beer in West Virginia would go up by at least 3 cents under a plan aimed at funding substance abuse programs.

The bill, discussed Wednesday in the Health and Human Resources committee, would raise the tax on beer from $5.50 per barrel to $19.25.

That translates to an increase on 12-ounce bottles and cans from 2 to 5 cents.

The measure would raise about $20 million.

The money would be spent by a panel under the jurisdiction of the court system in the form of grants.

Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, says it's needed to address alcohol and drug abuse, but some lawmakers are wary of raising taxes.

A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Monday.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by me on Feb 18, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    is that all they will raise it. they tax smokers to the point many including me had to quit, yet they tax this killer drink like it was soda. raise it the same extent you raised tobacco. make it fair. smoking does not kill people on the road,
  • by ANGRY Location: Elizabeth on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    Ok they can raise cigarette taxes out the roof, but are just now starting to raise beer taxes...CIGARETTES dont cause car accidents like beer does its about time!!!
  • by Tax tax tax on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Why don't they tax theater, both live and movie. They rake in the money and are already expensive, and take in a fortune every year, so people sure would not mind and extra dollar a ticket. Look at the money THAT would bring in!
  • by Marian Arnold Location: Marietta, Ohio on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    No big suprise. I started selling beer in 1962 for $.25 I retired in 2002 and I sold my last beer for $2.25. I believe that is $.05 a year.
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