Dave Richmond has combined his work with his love of beer for more than eight years with the Madrigrano families, and is now Global Brands Manager at Beer Capitol Distributing-Lake Country in Sussex. In his position, Dave is responsible for coordinating the marketing and merchandising programs for all the Global brands. The beer products featured in his blog are primarily those distributed but not limited to by Beer Capitol Distributing Lake Country.
Last week in Madison the state assembly began hearings regarding Assembly Bill 287. This bill would raise the tax on all beer produced in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a wonderfull location for new breweries and brewpubs to open. The reason is the taxes on beer is lower than some other states. This is one of the rare examples where Wisconsin is a lower tax state. Wisconsin is also one of the top brewing states with the number of breweries and brewpubs.
Please contact your local representative and let them know this is a bad idea and to pursue other ideas for tax increases. The sponsers of this bill are trying to leverage that increased taxes would go toward drunk driving initiatives. The cause may be right but the use of taxes is not. They also have left out the fact the Wisconsin ranks in the top 5 in the country with total tax impact of +40% of the cost of beer going to one tax or another.
Please note that this tax increase would be bad for the price of beer in this economy and all brewers and distributors are already paying more than their share on products in the market. Again I encourage everyone to contact their representative for the assembly and say no to another tax increase on beer for the state of Wisconsin.
Feel free to contact me with your thoughts.