Oregon beer tax hike off the table

PORTLAND, OR -- The Oregon House has decided not to vote on an increase in the state beer tax during this legislative session.

The office of House Speaker Dave Hunt confirmed that fact, saying the decision came in large part because of the current economic climate. The bill would have raised the state's beer and wine tax by about 1,900%.

The tax increase would not have affected any of the microbreweries in the state. None produces more than two million barrels annually, the level that would have been the cutoff point for additional taxation.

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