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Proposed bill would more than double New York's beer tax

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 02, 2020 07:47 AM
Created: January 02, 2020 03:54 AM

A state lawmaker is looking to raise the beer tax in New York State by more than double.

Legislation was introduced in the New York State Assembly by Assemblyman Harvey Epstein.    

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The proposal would raise the excise tax imposed on beer distributors from $0.14 per gallon to $0.30 per gallon-- the same as the state's wine tax.    

The money collected would be split between the SUNY and CUNY college systems.    

Epstein claims the increase would generate $51 million in additional revenue.    

He pointed to a study by the tax foundation, which found that New York has one of the lowest beer taxes in the country.


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