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NH brewers don't like idea of beer tax hike

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A proposal to increase taxes by a dime a gallon on beer sold in New Hampshire isn't going down smoothly with brewers.

State Reps. Charles Weed of Keene and Richard Eaton of Greenville say their proposal would raise $4.2 million, which would be used by the Department of Health and Human Services for alcohol treatment programs.

But Smuttynose Brewery owner Peter Egelston tells the Portsmouth Herald  that the proposal is "a combination of bad social policy and very bad economic policy."

The current proposal leaves unchanged taxes on wine and liquor. Rep. Adam Schroadter, R-Newmarket, said that if the goal is to help people with alcohol problems then it would make sense to have the state kick in from revenue from wine and liquor sales at state-run stores.

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