The Wisconsin Tavern League doubts a proposal to raise taxes on alcohol will get very far.
Wisconsin's District Attorneys want to raise taxes on beer and liquor to help increase pay for prosecutors. Tavern League lobbyist Scott Stenger doubts the proposal will get much traction at the Capitol. He says it's "not really a winning formula" to propose raising taxes on beer to pay attorneys.
The DA's Association argues the tax makes sense, because many cases are tied to alcohol. Stenger says, if that were the case, every group could easily submit its own funding requests to the state.
The proposal comes as a state lawmaker is already looking to increase the beer tax to help pay for alcohol treatment programs. Stenger says that proposal had trouble getting support last session, and doesn't expect that to change next year.