Alcohol industry making hard push against tax increase plan today

With the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee set to consider a plan that would levy the state’s 6 percent sales tax on alcoholic beverages, industry advocates are making their stance known in Frankfort. 

The committee room is already partially filled with folks donning Budweiser apparel and a rally is scheduled for 2 p.m. by malt beverage distributors, distillers and others in the alcohol industry. 

There was talk Monday that a fleet of Budweiser trucks would make a circle around the Capitol today and some talk today that distillers may pour out bourbon on the Capitol steps in protest. 

On Monday, the protest against increasing the state’s alcohol taxes had begun with Bill Samuels, president of Maker’s Mark bourbon distillery, members of the Kentucky Distillers’ Asociation and others in the industry making the rounds to talk with legislators. 

Legislative leaders opted to begin assessing the state sales tax on alcoholic beverages over another proposal to increase the state’s wholesale tax on alcohol from 11 percent to 20 percent. 

The rationale was that increasing the wholesale tax would increase the shelf price of alcohol which lawmakers said would be more detrimental to sales. 

Jack Brammer with the Herald-Leader has an article today about Monday’s efforts by the industry.

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