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Friday
Nov012013

CEI Today: Beer Excise Tax, Janet Yellen, and Obamacare

Friday, November 1, 2013
In the News Today

BEER EXCISE TAX - MICHELLE MINTON

CEI OnPoint: BEER and Small BREW Can Be Good for You

America’s beer industry directly supports over 1 million jobs and nearly $100 billion in economic activity. And over the last two decades, the craft beer market has seen explosive growth. However, the entire beer industry still faces the burden of a specifically targeted excise tax placed on it at the repeal of Prohibition in large part to discourage beer consumption. Today, many politicians, brewers, trade groups, and consumers are seeking relief from the excise tax. Two competing bills currently pending in Congress, creatively titled the BEER Act and the Small BREW Act, would reduce the tax in different ways. While neither bill is perfect, enacting either one would be a victory for the beer industry and consumers. However, for long-term reform the best course of action is for Congress to repeal the excise tax altogether. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton

 

JANET YELLEN - IAIN MURRAY & RYAN YOUNG

American Spectator:
Questions for Janet Yellen


Chairman of the Federal Reserve is arguably the most important unelected office in America. It wields enormous influence over the financial health of the nation, and indeed the world. So it is incumbent upon members of the Senate Banking Committee, which could hold confirmation hearings before the end of November, to ask the right questions of the President’s Fed nominee, Janet Yellen. Professor Yellen is clearly qualified, having held the number two position at the Fed under current chairman Ben Bernanke, and has previously chaired the San Francisco Federal Reserve. What is in question is the direction she will take monetary policy during the next four years. > Read more

> Interview authors

OBAMACARE SUIT

Chicago Tribune: A Third Challenge To The IRS's Illegal ObamaCare Taxes Proceeds To The Merits

 
This morning in Richmond, federal district judge James Spencer heard oral arguments on theplaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction that would block the IRS rule that attempts to offer unauthorized subsidies through federal Exchanges. Spencer denied the motion, but indicated that the case would proceed to the merits, with all briefs to be filed by December 6. That makes King v. Sebelius the third challenge to the IRS's illegal taxes that will reach the merits. The first two are Pruitt v. Sebelius andHalbig v. Sebelius. As in Halbig,it appears possible we could get a ruling in Kingbefore the first of the year.
 

For more, see the Competitive Enterprise Institute's press release on today's oral arguments, and their page devoted to Halbig and King, which includes court filings. > Read more

 

> Interview Sam Kazman

 

    

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

Alarmism is dangerous

 

CEI Podcast for Oct. 30, 2013: Bringing Transparency to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

George Mason University law professor and Mercatus Center senior scholar Todd Zywicki discusses his paper, “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Savior or Menace?”

 




Thursday
Feb072013

NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Proposal to Increase Beer Tax

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) today offered the following statements on a bill to increase the beer tax. The bill was defeated 308 to 35.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler

“New Hampshire’s beer tax is already the second highest in New England. This bill would have raised it to among the highest in the nation. We are pleased Republicans were able to kill this bill to help New Hampshire’s breweries like Moat Mountain, Smuttynose and Tuckerman’s, which currently employ hundreds of Granite Staters.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn

“It is important that we stand firm in opposing this tax, or any other tax or fee that is increased on the backs of our businesses and citizens. With our economy so fragile and people taking home less in their paychecks, now is certainly not the time for state government to be taking more of their hard earned money.”

“Our goal should be working to create legislation that improves the business climate of our state and helps to bolster new and emerging businesses such as the microbrewery industry. A 33% increase of the beer tax doesn’t help to achieve this goal, and is bad for businesses and consumers.” 

Thursday
Jan242013

House Republican Leaders Comment on HB 168, Bill to Increase the Beer Tax 

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) offered the following statements relative to the public hearing on HB 168, a bill that would increase the beer tax by 33%.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler

“This bill would raise New Hampshire’s beer tax from 2nd highest in New England to 13th highest in the nation. This bill would also unduly burden New Hampshire’s economy by extracting $4.3 million from it at a time when our State is still struggling to retain its economic footing. “

“This bill is also a hit to New Hampshire’s largest and smallest breweries. From Moat Mountain, Smuttynose and Tuckerman’s to the numerous burgeoning microbreweries across the state, all of these New Hampshire businesses will be negatively affected. These companies currently employ hundreds of people and the last thing they need is additional taxes and regulations on their products while having to undoubtedly downshift additional costs to the consumer.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn

“It is important that we stand firm in opposing this tax, or any other tax or fee that is increased on the backs of our businesses and citizens. With our economy so fragile and people taking home less in their paychecks, now is certainly not the time for state government to be taking more of their hard earned income. “

“Our goal should be working to improve the business climate of our state and help to encourage new and emerging businesses such as the microbrewery industry. A 33% increase of the beer tax doesn’t help to achieve this goal, and is bad for businesses and consumers.”

Saturday
Jan192013

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Beer Tax, NH Unemployment, and Why Gov. Hassan Needs to Start Cutting Now 

 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


Every two years in New Hampshire we have a budget crisis. Some crises are worse than others but no budget seems to be easy. This year, a new governor has been welcomes to office with problems that demand she take action long before the official budget is even adopted. She has no choice but to take immediate executive action to cut the existing budget just winding down and then put on hold any new or increased spending for another two years... Click here to keep reading.


Updated Data on NHOpenGov

Now nearly 3.5 Million State Transactions

Ever wonder how and where New Hampshire spends your tax dollars? Look no further than NHOpenGov.org, an open government project of the Center. We now have more than 3.5 Million transactions detailing how every last dollar was spent from the past 4 1/2 years. Help us find government waste! Click here to start looking.

Bill Would Make NH Beer Tax Nearly 4x the Mass Rate


Governor Vows to Veto

HB 168, introduced by Reps Charles Weed and Richard Eaton, would increase the beer tax by $0.10 per gallon, putting the tax at $0.40 per gallon. This would make New Hampshire’s Beer Tax the 13th highest in the country, (up from 19th) and the highest in the North East. Massachusetts, in comparison, has a rate of only $0.11 per gallon... Click here to keep reading.

A Look at NH's December Unemployment Report


Slight Increase in Unemployment to 5.7%

According to New Hampshire Employment Security, December's unemployment rate for the state was 5.7%, a .1 percentage point increase over last month. This upturn translates to 430 additional unemployed workers. There were 7368 initial claimants over the month with 45,784 continued claimants.

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