Beer Tax Hike Proposal a Good Idea

Four Portland legislators joined a Springfield senator to introduce Oregon House Bill 2461, which would impose a $49.61 tax on each barrel of beer produced by Oregon brewers. The tax hike, a mere 1,900 percent increase, would help the state in these hard times by bringing in an estimated $140 million in new revenue. The bill states that this revenue would fund prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for those addicted to alcohol.

The state is doing wonders with these programs now — thousands upon thousands of addicts have been saved by the state this year alone, but there are so many more that can not be treated by the state without adequate funding.

It is estimated that there are over 148,000 alcoholics in Oregon. This tax increase would only give the state about $1,000 extra per addict, then, to work with in the treatment and prevention of beer addiction. That is clearly not enough. Who ever heard of an alcoholic being cured for $1,000 more?

The only thing really wrong with the proposal is that it is not a large enough tax hike to really do much good. The bill should call for a $100 tax on a barrel of beer, not $49.61. If we had twice the money we could do twice as much to combat the growing problem of beer addiction in Oregon.

Some estimates for lost earnings show the cost to Oregon as high as 4 billion dollars. We can not lose this much money in the midst of a deep and prolonged depression. We must increase the barrel tax and we must increase it now. Oregon state government needs our money and those who drink beer should shoulder the burden. After all, they are causing many of the problems the state has with alcohol abuse.

Studies have shown that drinking beer is a very bad thing. It is almost as bad as smoking, but not quite, so it should still be allowed, but severely discouraged. This bill would do just that.

At a time when Oregon’s unemployment is the fifth highest in the nation, more might be drawn to the demon drink. With this tax, many will be unable to afford the siren call of the devil’s own favorite beverage. Please join the Freedom Foundation in supporting the new beer tax. Share your support with Portland Reps. Ben Cannon and Michael Dembrow, Portland Sens. Jackie Dingfelder and Diane Rosenbaum, and Springfield Sen. William Morrisette, who all introduced this fine, life-saving bill.

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  • Steve Sims

    Anyone in state government who wants a 1900% tax on ANYTHING, regardless of the state of the economy shouldn’t be allowed to breed. Who are these idiots and where do I go to tell them they’re FIRED! Don’t run for office unless YOU HAVE IDEAS or, God forbid, A PLAN to make things work. Raising money through extortion like this is not a plan. States have to learn how commerce works, but then we’re talking about extreme arrogance, a lack of fiscal skills and an extremely narrow path of operating function.
    Do your constituents a favor and resign if you can’t function intellectually anymore. You’re worthless.

  • Vonski

    I have a better idea. How about we tax all of the legislators every time they come up with another idiotic way to tax Oregon’s citizens to the brink of bankruptcy?

    • Anonymous

      Better yet, tax their latte’s and pop. Can you imating how much money they could bring in?

  • anonymous

    Suggestions for tax increases:
    1: 1900% of Pete Courtney’s pay for every time he frowns (he such a sour puss)
    2: 1900% of Dave Hunts pay for just being a jerk
    3: 1900% of Paul Holvey’s pay for being a Punk
    4: 1900% of Peter Buckley’s pay for being a Loon
    5: 1900% of Chuck Riley’s pay for wearing food stained clothing
    6: 1900% of Frank Morse, Jackie Winters, Davey Nelson, Vickie Berger, Bob Jenson and all other RINO’s pay for allowing this crap to happen.

    There’s more but not now.

  • devietro

    Seriously with the amount of projects attached to Smoking and Drinking the state is going to have to stop all of their anti-addiction propaganda out of simply maintaining a revenue stream. And we wonder why new business hates Oregon.

  • I.B. Taxman

    I’ll drink to that!

  • Anonymous

    (One, two, three, four, one two)

    Let me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    Should five percent appear too small
    Be thankful I don’t take it all
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    (If you drive a car car) I’ll tax the street
    (If you try to sit sit) I’ll tax your seat
    (If you get too cold cold) I’ll tax the heat
    (If you take a walk walk) I’ll tax your feet


    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    Don’t ask me what I want it for
    (Ah, ah, Mr. Wilson)
    If you don’t want to pay some more
    (Ah, ah, Mr. Heath)
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    Now my advise for those who die
    Declare the pennies on your eyes

    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    And you’re working for no one, but me

    – George Harrison

  • Angry Dad

    Let me state, right now, that Ben Cannon is going to get his ass handed to him once we get a chance. You want to see some angry college kids in front of the Capitol? Trust me, it will happen. And there will be kegs.

    I could easily see 3K-5K people showing up to protest Ben Cannon and his punkishness. I personally want to punch him in the nose for being such an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    At first, I thought this article was being sarcastic…. I caught myself saying aloud, “Is this for real” several times. Then it ended. Craziness.

  • Anonymous

    Where does this guy get his facts? “Studies have shown that drinking beer is a very bad thing.”, Oh really Mr. Dawson? That is a great statement. Have you not read any SCIENTIFIC articles that state the OPPOSITE of that? Drinking in excess causes health issues, but drinking in moderation has shown to have several heatlh benefits.

    • Anonymous

      He’s being sarcastic.

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunatley, I don’t think so.

  • Anonymous

    The route to long-term economic growth lies in tax cuts, not hikes.

    Taxpayers need to let their voices be heard. Check out this link:

  • dan

    This is ridiculous conservative crap. Beer drinking is very bad thing??

    yes lets tell out government to make us stop doing bad things.

    Forget the tax lets just reinstate prohibition! Idiots!

    The truth is that oregon has prospoered due to a low tax on beer. This is the reason why we have a thriving market here in the state. As soon as something grows economically we like to throw a big tax on it.

    Dawson you are an idiot.

    To get it even more heated, where is the reversal on marijuana prohibition?

    its about damn time we end the drug war on all fronts.

  • Ten

    This is a great example of misleading by statistics.

    1900%. That sure sounds like a lot. Time to GET OUTRAGED ABOUT TAXES GOING UP A THOUSAND PERCENT!

    But then you look at the numbers. The proposed increase is from $2.60 to $49.61.

    Yeah, okay, I get it. Tax increases are bad. But parroting around the 1600% is downright misleading. Hey, here’s an idea. Why not use the ~$50 figure when talking about the tax hike? Oh, wait, you can’t say that! Reasonable people might be okay with that!

    • Ben Westlund’s Liver

      Because it’s not misleading.

      The tax is going up 1908%. Per barrel. That’s a hefty amount.

      The fact you want this tax increase is one reason I believe you should not exist on this earth.

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