Skip to comments.Legislation would increase state liquor prices
Posted on 05/28/2003 10:04:31 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
Legislation would increase state liquor prices
The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan liquor drinkers could pay higher prices at the bar or party store under legislation aimed at improving fire protection in certain cities.
State Rep. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, plans to introduce legislation that would increase the state markup on liquor for the first time in 10 years, the Lansing State Journal reported Wednesday.
The plan would raise the markup from 65 percent to 74 percent and generate about $12.1 million. The money would go to cities such as Lansing and East Lansing that have large numbers of state-owned buildings.
Officials in cities around Michigan have complained for years that the state hasn't adequately reimbursed them for the costs of fire services. The payments have taken a hit in recent years as the state has struggled with deficits.
As an example of what the increased markup would mean to consumers, the proposal would increase the cost of a bottle of Popov 80-proof Vodka from $7.97 to $8.38.
BTW - Markup? I call that a TAX.