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Brewers big and small oppose beer tax increase

MADISON (WKOW) -- Brewers large and small are joining together to fight a proposed increase of Wisconsin's beer tax. The increase would quintuple the current tax rate.

Representatives from MillerCoors and a pair of smaller Wisconsin breweries based in Middleton and Milwaukee joined the Tavern League and Grocers Association on Monday to argue against raising the tax.

They say it will hurt breweries, taverns and grocery stores because people will buy less beer.

The proposal would increase the tax from 0.6 cents per bottle to 3 cents per bottle.

The proposal does not have support from Gov. Jim Doyle or Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, making its chances of passing slim. Advocates say the money raised could help pay for alcohol-related health problems and other expenses.

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