It’s a Topsy-Turvy World
CONCORD – The House Ways and Means Committee has voted overwhelmingly against an increase in the state beer tax.
The committee, which serves as gatekeeper for proposed tax legislation, voted 14-2 to declare the bill “inexpedient to legislate.”
Ways and Means Chairman Barbara Almy, D-Lebanon, said members were concerned about the financial impact of a beer tax that is “considerably higher” than most nearby states. Supporters of the tax now face a tough task. Passing a beer tax requires rounding up enough votes to overturn the Ways and Means Committee recommendation, and a promised veto by Gov. Hassan means a two-thirds majority would ultimately be required in each branch for the beer tax hike to make it into law.
Has Rod Serling been seen lurking around the State House lately?