Bid launched to raise taxes on beer, wine and spirits in Montana

Holly Michels reports from Montana:

"After failing to win support for an increased wine tax last month, the governor's office returned to lawmakers on Friday to pitch a revenue-raising plan that would broaden the request to include beer and spirits.

"It's unclear how much more consumers would have to pay for a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer because the tax would be charged on producers or retailers, not directly on consumers as a sales tax.

"The bill heard Friday comes about a month after the Senate Taxation Committee dashed an earlier effort sought by Gov. Steve Bullock to raise taxes on wine to establish a revenue stream to bolster the state's unrestricted spending account and pay for health and education programs included in his budget proposal..."

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