AFP-NH Applauds House Vote Not to Increase Beer Tax

February 06, 2013

WINDHAM – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) New Hampshire is applauding today’s House vote against a bill aimed at increasing the beer tax in the state.

“We applaud the House leadership and all the House members who voted against the proposed tax increase on beer which would have made our state’s beer tax the highest in New England,” said Corey R. Lewandowski, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire.  “This proposed increase would have driven up costs for beer creators, consumers and everyone in between including a large number of small businesses in our state.”

HB 168 introduced by Reps. Charles Weed, (D-Keene), and Richard Eaton, (D-Greenville), sought to increase the tax on beer from 30 to 40 cents per gallon.  The House voted today 308 to 35 to label the bill Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL).

“Having the highest taxes in the region should never be our aim,” Lewandowski continued.  “Instead we should work to remove more of the burden from our taxpayers and small business owners so they can thrive rather than struggling to stay in business.”

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