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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