First of all, raising the beer tax in Wisconsin just seems sacrilege. But, that aside, some reasons for it seem to be "just because" and I think that’s weak.
Berceau, Risser propose bill to raise Wisconsin beer tax (www.dailycardinal.com)
She added, “My bill proposes that we add a tax on beer because that is priced at the third lowest in the nation … [and] beer is the alcohol of choice for the binge drinker.”
Just because it’s the third lowest in the nation… weak.
We just know that the Wisconsin Government is just going to take that money to balance the budget and it’s not going to go toward programs to help alcoholics. We’ve seen Governor Doyle highly raise taxes on cigarettes, people stopped buying them (isn’t that the idea?) and so tax revenue went down, actually, and they he used that money to "balance" the budget – which was an epic fail. One reason to tax thing is so that people stop using that product, but the Democrats in Wisconsin don’t think that way at all and just want control and tax revenue.
Another reason is "just because" it hasn’t been raised since 1969. Oh, since we haven’t raised taxes in a while, we need to! That is the reason? What??
The bills propose to increase the Wisconsin beer tax from $2 per barrel to $10
per barrel. WOW! That’s too huge. There’s no way that will pass and you don’t increase it that much. Get real. Five times as much? You have to be kidding. Try from $2 to $3 first.
This is the third time Terese Berceau has brought this bill up. I guess she can keep trying but this is Wisconsin… hel-lo? Berceau’s district is 76, which is a good portion of Madison – not my neighborhood though. So keep this in mind the next time y’all vote. She’s putting through absurd legislation and wasting our time. We pay for her time.