Proposal to Increase Michigan's Excise Tax on Beer sign now

Proposal to Increase
Michigans Excise Tax on Beer
Michigans economic crisis is threatening the critical services and resources that address the harmful and illegal use of alcohol. These include:
Police and Emergency Services
Support for 0-5 childhood programs
Michigan Model Educational curriculum which includes alcohol and drug prevention
Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery programs
Enforcement and adjudication of alcohol and drug laws.

We can create a healthier and safer Michigan by raising the tax five cents on a 12-ounce beer. Research demonstrates that increasing the price of beer will reduce:
youth consumption of beer
alcohol-impaired driving and alcohol-related traffic crashes and deaths
incidents of violent crime, including homicide, assault, robbery, and rape
mortality from liver cirrhosis.1

Since 1966, Michigan has imposed a tax of $6.30 per 31-gallon barrel.2 This equates to about 1.9 cents per 12-ounce can or 20 cents per gallon. The national average per gallon is 28 cents.3 There are currently 19 states with a beer tax higher than Michigan.4 Increasing the cost of a 12-ounce can five cents will increase Michigans per gallon tax by 54 cents bringing it to 74 cents per gallon.5 When this change occurs there will be seven states with a higher tax.6

Pass a law that indexes the tax to inflation. If the 1966 tax had been indexed to inflation, the tax on beer today would be raising more than $270 million annually instead of $42.5 million. A can of beer would cost about ten cents more.7

Earmark 100 percent of the increase in beer tax revenues to go to the above mentioned services and resources. In 2008 the tax on beer in Michigan generated about $42 million dollars with the proceeds going to the general fund.8 This additional tax would generate approximately $107 million in Excise Tax revenue and $3.4 million in Sales Tax revenue.9

References
1Elder RW, Lawrence B, Ferguson A, Naimi TS, Brewer RD, Chattopadhyay SK, Toomey T, Fielding J, the CDC Task Force on Community Preventive Services. The Effectiveness of Tax Policy Interventions for Reducing Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms. Am J Prev Med 2010;38(2)217-229.
2Center for Science in the Public Interest (2004). Factbook on State Beer Taxes. Online: http://www.cspinet.org/booze/taxguide/040802BeerReport.pdf.
3Center for Science in the Public Interest (2009). States Ranked by Alcohol Tax Rates: Beer. Online: http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/state_rank--jan_2009.pdf.
4Ibid 3.
5Center For Science In the Public Interest Alcohol Policies Project. Alcohol Tax Calculator. http://www.cspinet.org/booze/taxguide/TaxCalc.htm.
6Ibid 3.
7Center for Michigan. A New Model Michigan: Eight Ideas to Structurally Change How Michigan Does the Publics Business in These Difficult Times ( 2007).
8Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Annual Financial Report 2008. Online: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dleg/annual_report_2008_booklet_273554_7.pdf.
9Marin Institute online Alcohol Tax Revenue Calculator: http://www.marininstitute.org/site/tax-calculator.html?view=alcoholtax.

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