Outrage has greeted a proposal by a group of Oregon lawmakers to hike the state's beer tax a whopping 1,900%, or nearly $50 a barrel. Oregon's brewery guild says that such a tax hike, if enacted, would cripple the state's microbrew industry. Language accompanying the proposed bill notes that Oregon currently has the next-to-lowest malt beverage tax rate in the country, one that hasn't been raised in more than three decades. With the state facing severe budgetary pressures, the legislature ...

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