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News and articles on alcohol-related legislative measures and political issue for the on-premise industry.

No Drink Tax Article
ABI Combats NC Tax Hike   June 24, 2009

The ads highlighted the fact that North Carolina’s alcohol taxes are currently 30 percent higher than those in neighboring South Carolina, stressing that a tax increase will drive more hospitality business across state lines.More>>

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State & Federal Tax Threats   June 24, 2009

In this economy, the hospitality industry can’t afford to lose any more jobs to punitive tax increases. Currently, when you buy a typical bottle of spirits, 59 percent of the purchase price goes toward taxes and fees!More>>

federal Highway Bill Article
Universal Ignition Interlock Tied to Highway Bill   June 24, 2009

A requirement that all 50 states mandate ignition interlock for first-time drunk driving offenders with low blood alcohol content (BAC) is part of the federal Highway Bill introduced on Thursday, June 18. The language of the bill includes penalties for states that do not comply.More>>

ABI: Highway Bill Eliminates States’ Authority on Interlock Use   June 23, 2009

American Beverage Institute says Congressional Interlock Mandate is the first step toward getting interlocks in all cars.More>>

Beam Global Applauds Launch of Congressional Bourbon Caucus   June 18, 2009

Beam Global thanks members of Congress for their efforts to strengthen and support “America’s Native Spirit.”More>>

Madd Article
Industry Issues | MADD Cuts Ties to The Century Council   June 17, 2009

MADD contends that The Century Council is deviating from its promise not to oppose legislation calling for ignition interlocks for first-time DWI offenders via some letters circulated in states where such legislation is pending.More>>

INDUSTRY ISSUE | Tax Proposal Prompts Swift Response   June 9, 2009

The Senate Finance Committee may seek funds to underwrite President Obama’s health care plan not only from increased taxes on beer and wine but also on soft drinks.More>>

Capital Article
CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE | Funding for Universal Interlocks Sought   May 27, 2009

Robert Strassburger asked Congress to grant a request by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for $30 million in annual funding to develop ignition interlock devices for all cars.More>>

ABI Takes Stand Against Ignition Interlock Movement   May 20, 2009

The American Beverage Institute urges Congress to reject a proposal that would eliminate responsible consumption of alcohol prior to driving.More>>

Alcohol Tax Policy Option Could Cost Industry Thousands of Jobs   May 19, 2009

DISCUS today called the Senate Finance Committee policy option to raise alcohol taxes a prescription for disaster for the hard hit hospitality sector.More>>

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