Thank you to everyone that helped make this happen, from brewers to consumers, the only way this and other initiatives work is because people got involved and made their voices heard.
From Star Tribune –
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders scrapped a proposed alcohol tax hike and an income tax surcharge on high earners as part of a last-minute budget agreement.
The leaders convened a late-night meeting Thursday to resolve crucial differences as legislators enter their final few days of the legislative session.
Brewers, retailers, and consumers rejoiced at at the announcement.
Let’s all raise one up today in celebration! No 600% increase on beer tax!
— Grain Belt Beer (@GrainBeltBeer) May 17, 2013
Mark Stutrud –
…there will be no increase in excise taxes on beer from this year’s state legislative session. For those of you who actively contacted Gov. Mark Dayton and your legislators, Summit Brewing Company would like to say ‘thank you’ for your activism. We also want to thank the legislators and Governor Dayton for listening to our concerns in regard to the effect the proposed tax hike would have had on not only Summit and our consumers, but on the growing craft brewing industry at large in the state of Minnesota.
Stutrud’s comments hold a lot of value, the fight is only over for now. Beer and alcohol are easy “sin-tax” targets for legislators looking to raise revenue.