OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Brewers gathered at the Capitol to protest the permanent extension of a beer tax on large brewers that is extended to small brewers under a House budget proposal.
Several state brewers spoke against the proposal at a public hearing Friday, before heading out to the Capitol steps, where about 100 people held a rally, carrying signs including "Give me beer or give me death" and "WA Beer (equals) WA Jobs."
The House wants to permanently extend the temporary beer tax that was set to expire this June, but looks to lower it from 50-cents-per-gallon to 25-cents-per-gallon. The tax would be extended to small brewers at a 15-cent-per-gallon amount. Combined, the tax would bring in $58 million to the state. The Senate's budget proposal does not include the tax.