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Story By Nigel Jaquiss
Published on Tuesday December 8, 2020 - 1:38 AM

Lost in the flap over Gov. Kate Brown's decision last week not to push for an increase in beer and wine taxes is the fact that Brown is proposing a small increase—25 cents a bottle—in the price of hard liquor, on which the Oregon Liquor Control Commission holds a monopoly.

Oregon Recovers, the nonprofit that is pushing for the state to fix its nearly last-in-the-nation spending on addiction treatment services, reacted angrily last week when Brown released her proposed budget for 2021-23 without any increase in beer and wine taxes.

"The governor's decision to prioritize the billion-dollar beer and wine industry at the expense of Oregon families is at odds with her previous commitments and will result in a continued increase in alcohol-related fatalities," the group said in a Dec. 3 statement decrying Brown's "poor decisions."