Governor Maggie Hassan told reporters regarding the proposed beer tax on Wednesday the discussion should be about jobs and the economy and now is not the time to raise the tax, especially with the New England Patriots possibly headed to the Super Bowl.
The current 30 cents per gallon tax is paid at the wholesale level. State Rep. Charles Weed, a Keene Democrat, proposes designating receipts from the increase to alcohol abuse and prevention treatment. Although the bill cannot create jobs it estimates the need to fund three new needed positions, With pay and benefits the costs total $231,327 the first year, $238,194 the second year $250,163 the third year, and $262,888. Seventy percent of the remainder would go towards education and 30 percent to treatment.
A state law currently requires a portion of the profits on liquor sales go toward treatment, but lawmakers have been diverting the money to other state spending for years.