Last year, Rep. Jack Draxler tried to raise taxes on beer, wine and spirits by 4.62 percent. When that failed, he tried to make beer taxes rise automatically with inflation. Now, he's abandoned that and is just trying to require more of the beer tax to be spent on drinking-abuse prevention programs.
"I've distilled it down," Draxler, R-North Logan, joked Tuesday about his efforts. "Through the process of a year, the message came through loud and clear that the Legislature is not interested in a tax increase."
The watered-down product of his efforts, HB40, passed 11-4 in the House Business and Labor Committee and now goes to the full House.