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NH Lawmakers Will Vote Wednesday On Beer Tax Hike

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(Photo credit: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are voting whether to raise the beer tax by a dime.

The tax currently is 30 cents per gallon and paid at the wholesale level. The proceeds from the increase would be designated to alcohol abuse and prevention treatment. A state law currently requires a portion of the profits on liquor sales go toward treatment, but lawmakers have been diverting the money to other state spending for years.

A majority of the House Ways and Means Committee is recommending killing the bill when the House votes on Wednesday. And Gov. Maggie Hassan has promised to veto it if it reaches her desk.

But supporters argue the increase is small and would not affect beer sales. They say the state needs to support alcohol treatment and prevention services.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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