Skip to comments.Jack Daniel's Distillery Targeted for More Taxes
Posted on 10/21/2011 8:04:42 AM PDT by jakerobins
For decades, Jack Daniel's whiskey has celebrated its small Tennessee hometown of Lynchburg with folksy, black-and-white advertisements urging folks to slow down and have a sip.
Now local officials want the maker of the world's top-selling whiskey to pay a bigger bar tab as they struggle with their budget. How does up to $5 million sound?
A measure approved by the Moore County Council asks the Tennessee legislature to authorize a local referendum on whether the distillery should pay that much in new taxes on the 500,000 barrels it fills with whiskey each year.
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The ‘tax’ will be paid by the customers......or not, if they stop buying it because of the cost, there won’t be any taxes raised..............
I guess it hasn’t occurred to them that they spend too much..........
Great the people on their payroll already support most of the town and now they just want “ a little more”. I hope they move or create their own town.
Bill of Attainder
Definition: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.
The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 provides that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.”
“The Bill of Attainder Clause was intended not as a narrow, technical (and therefore soon to be outmoded) prohibition, but rather as an implementation of the separation of powers, a general safeguard against legislative exercise of the judicial function or more simply - trial by legislature.” U.S. v. Brown, 381 U.S. 437, 440 (1965).
“These clauses of the Constitution are not of the broad, general nature of the Due Process Clause, but refer to rather precise legal terms which had a meaning under English law at the time the Constitution was adopted. A bill of attainder was a legislative act that singled out one or more persons and imposed punishment on them, without benefit of trial. Such actions were regarded as odious by the framers of the Constitution because it was the traditional role of a court, judging an individual case, to impose punishment.” William H. Rehnquist, The Supreme Court, page 166.
“Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligations of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation. ... The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils. They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and less-informed part of the community.” James Madison, Federalist Number 44, 1788.
Supreme Court cases construing the Bill of Attainder clause include:
Ex Parte Garland, 4 Wallace 333 (1866).
Cummings v. Missouri, 4 Wallace 277 (1866).
U.S. v. Brown, 381 U.S. 437 (1965).
Nixon v. Administrator of General Services, 433 U.S.425 (1977).
Selective Service Administration v. Minnesota PIRG, 468 U.S. 841 (1984).
See also, SBC v. FCC.
I saw a report on TV and one of the townspeople (had to be a liberal) said the Jack Daniels owes the town the money because Jack uses the town for its ads. So Jack Daniels somehow couldn’t exist without the town?? Ridiculous lib think like this makes me sick.....
“Revenuers” for Hope & Change redistribution.
JD could take out an ad in the paper looking for counties where it could relocate. That might get some attention.
one thing missing from this report
is that the city gets the churn of the employees
in their community.
the money turns over several times and the city gets taxes.
The only thing unique about Lynchburg is tha water. Jack Daniels should release a study about how much it will cost to move all of its operations elsewhere and truck the water from where it now has a right to take it from. Let’s see how they will try to tax taking water from a stream.
They can move up here if they want. We already have Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, etc...
The ONLY reason that Jack Daniels is located in the Lynchburg, TN area(the area is DRY as well) is the WATER. JD needs to look nationwide for water of a similar nature and tell TN to SHOVE IT!
If this passes, I hope they add a ‘county cask fee’ to their bill for county residents only. Spell it out like a sales tax. Or, they could calculate the cost to the county if they relocate their business and run it in the local newspaper.
Move to SC ping....
LOL! I’m with you.....I can give Jack Daniels directions to my back yard........
“There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.”
-Davy Crockett (unsourced)
When we lived in Tennessee, the George Dickel distillery was practically in our backyard. We could clearly smell them burning charcoal or venting fermentation fumes, when the wind was right. Better whiskey than JD, in my opinion.
JD could move a few miles to Coffee County. How different could the water be? It’s a very big operation, though, especially the aging barns.
Jack Daniels made the town famous, Brings in Tourists, and pays their tax’s. Now the town think the Distillery owes them money for making their little town successful.
To top it off you cannot get a drink of Jack Daniels in their town, so the town does nothing to support the Distillery.
It takes cast iron balls for this bunch to demand more money from Jack Daniels.