Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX
  • GASOLINE TAX
  • BEER TAX
Winning Issue » BEER TAX


Our 1990 Congress reclassified beer as a “luxury” item and doubled the excise tax on this popular beverage. Taxes are now the single most expensive ingredient in beer, making up more than half its cost. Critics say middle and lower-income Americans, who comprise the vast majority of our nation's 90 million beer drinkers, cannot afford this tax on one of their few “luxuries.” They claim these Americans are already amongst our most heavily taxed. Studies have found that households with annual incomes of less than $50,000 pay more than half of all beer taxes. Some are against reducing beer taxes or the cost of beer. They claim studies have shown that when beer prices increase by 1%, traffic fatalities drop by 1%. Industry advocates claim other studies show little correlation between the cost of alcoholic beverages and the rate of traffic accidents. In 2005, total taxes levied on the production, distribution and sale of beer amounted to $32 billion.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act




Options


  • I oppose reforming current beer tax policy and wish to defeat H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the excise tax on all beer brewed or produced, and removed for consumption or sale, within the United States, or imported into the United States during the calendar year. Such tax shall be:`(1) $0 on so much of such beer as does not exceed 7,143 barrels; (2) $3.50 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 7,143 barrels but does not exceed 60,000 barrels; (3) $16 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 60,000 barrels but does not exceed 2,000,000 barrels; (4) $18 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 2,000,000 barrels, and wish to pass H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Steve Womack (AR), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support amending the excise tax on all beer brewed or produced, and removed for consumption or sale, within the United States, or imported into the United States during the calendar year. Such tax shall be:`(1) $0 on so much of such beer as does not exceed 7,143 barrels; (2) $3.50 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 7,143 barrels but does not exceed 60,000 barrels; (3) $16 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 60,000 barrels but does not exceed 2,000,000 barrels; (4) $18 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 2,000,000 barrels, and wish to pass H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Steve Womack (AR), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Steve Womack (AR) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Womack, AR
Status: House Ways and Means Committee
Chairman: Rep. Paul Ryan, WI


If elected as a trustee, the Beer Institute will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for reducing the per-barrel tax on smaller beer brewers.

The Beer Institute was organized in 1986 to represent the beer industry before Congress, state legislatures and public forums across the country. It is committed to developing sound public policy that focuses on community involvement and personal responsibility. The Beer Institute represents the interests of the entire beer industry and its members include everyone from America’s largest brewers to some of the smallest. Nationwide, nearly 1,900 brewers reach consumers through more than 3,300 independent distributors, who provide product to nearly 550,000 on-premise and off-premise retail establishments. The Beer Institute states it is opposed to beer excise taxes which cost consumers more than $5 billion each year.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020