Idaho Beer Tax Tripling Survives First Vote
February 19, 2009
In line with our post earlier today on a proposal to increase Oregon’s beer tax, a bill to increase Idaho’s beer tax from 15 cents to 45 cents per gallon survived its first challenge:
Proponents of boosting Idaho’s beer and wine tax to fund substance abuse treatment won an initial victory in the Legislature when their bill was narrowly approved for further debate.
The measure, to more than triple the 15 cent per gallon beer tax to 52 cents and boost the 45 cent per gallon wine tax to $1.56, avoided being killed on a 10-8 vote.
Idaho currently has the 34th highest beer tax in the country. If this bill passes, it would be 7th highest.
Meanwhile, a bill is pending in Congress to lower the federal beer excise tax from the current 58 cents per gallon to 29 cents.