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This man will probably go unaffected by the proposed beer tax.
For all its liberal bona fides, Washington is unrivaled when it comes to taxing

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Washington's Beer Tax to Be as Regressive as All the Others

averagebeersnob.jpg
This man will probably go unaffected by the proposed beer tax.
For all its liberal bona fides, Washington is unrivaled when it comes to taxing the poor. And it looks like a proposed new beer burden won't buck the trend.

As Mike Lewis reports on Voracious, the Democrats' attempt to bridge the budget gap includes a duty on mass produced suds:

"There are no good choices with taxes," says Sen. Ed Murray, a Guinness drinker. "But a quarter more for a six-pack of beer -- money that will go to education -- isn't going to kill anyone."

Maybe not, but it will make life a little less less worth living, jokes Tim Parson, a Rainier and Bud drinker who was on his way into Capitol Hill's Canterbury Ales and Eats. "Target the microbrew snobs," he says. "They can afford it."

Or, if you really want to get progressive, go after Big Zinfandel. Spritzer is where the real money is at.

 
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