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Supporters of beer tax meet mighty opposition

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River Falls, 54022
Hudson Star Observer
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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Supporters of an increase in the beer tax are frustrated by some high-level opposition.

Paul Jenkins of Mequon recalled a meeting with state Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker during which Decker said there was "no way in hell" he'd increase the tax on beer.

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Jenkins' pregnant stepdaughter and her 10 year old child were killed by a drunken driver a year and a half ago.

He says he believes "any tax that hasn't been raised in 40 years needs to be looked at."

An Assembly committee has held a public hearing on the legislation.

The state's tax on beer has not been increased since 1969.

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