Calif. Liquor Tax Shot Down Again

Don't put more money between drinkers and their alcohol

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 7:19 AM PDT
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Calif. Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, is planning a return trip to the state Assembly for a third time after his second try at a tax on alcoholic drinks failed this week.

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Order up another round for California Assemblyman Jim Beall.

Beall, D-San Jose, is planning a return trip to the state Assembly for a third time after his second try at a tax on alcoholic drinks failed this week. Beall's nickel-per-drink fee on beer, wine and liquor didn't pass California's Assembly Health Committee during a vote Tuesday.

The bill, which Beall said would raise $750 million for dealing with the consequences of irresponsible imbibing -- such as alcohol-related crashes, illnesses, deaths and arrests.

It's not the first time Beall has tried to "nickel and dime" drinkers. Earlier this month, he proposed a 10-cent fee on alcoholic beverages, but that measure was also rejected in the Health Committee.

The measure would exempt small breweries and distilleries.

Beall said he'd ask the committee to reconsider the nickel fee on April 6.

KCRA contributed to this report.

Jessica Greene thinks it's funny that this lawmaker's name is just one letter short of sounding like a pretty stiff drink.

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