Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) is more than happy to raise the tax on hard liquor by 58 percent, however, she sees the tax as hypocritical coming from the same legislators who have refused to raise the beer tax for four decades.
(Madison) Rep. Terese Berceau (Madison) today said she was “flummoxed” that both the governor and a key Senate committee will consider raising the liquor tax to pay for drunk driving penalty increases — but still refuse to consider raising the beer tax despite wide public support.
“Not only have the powers that be come very late to the table with the notion that the terrible costs of alcohol abuse could find a funding source in a tax actually tied to a substance widely abused in Wisconsin,” Berceau said, “They persist in stonewalling an increase in the alcoholic beverage that is most abused by binge drinkers – beer.”
The problem Berceau is facing is conventional wisdom. At least in Wisconsin it states that beer is fun alcohol, and hard liquor is dangerous alcohol.