Indiana mulls doubling alcohol tax

The Indiana State Legislature is considering doubling the excise tax on alcohol.

If the proposal passes and becomes law, it would make the state's tax rate 34% higher than the national average.

As is the case in numerous other states considering, or already implementing, increased taxes on alcoholic beverages, the idea is to help the state bring in more revenue to offset shortages in the current economic malaise.

Opponents of the increase say it would result in a loss of jobs in the hospitality industry.

Ben Jenkins, communications director for the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS) said, “A tax on alcohol is a tax on the entire hospitality industry. It's already struggling. It will affect businesses and there will be job cuts.”

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