According to figures released by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, in 2016, the brewing industry alone contributed more than $350 billion to the U.S. economy, directly and indirectly employing about 2.23 million Americans. The wine industry contributed $220 billion and 1.7 million jobs, and spirits contributed more than $173 billion and 1.5 million jobs.
This fast-growing industry is drawing the attention of lawmakers at the federal level and in state capitals across the country.
You can catch up on the latest developments in our blog post here.
Legislative Update: Gas Taxes
Infrastructure spending, at the federal, state, and local levels, is a key topic of conversation in 2019. It has been more than 60 years since President Eisenhower authorized the construction of the Interstate Highway System, and many of our nation’s roads and bridges are in disrepair or in need of modernization.
In order to tackle the challenge posed by an aging infrastructure and its impact on budgets, many states, and some in the federal government, are looking to increased gas taxes.
In this week’s blog post, we review some of the latest developments across the country.
This Week in the States
Alabama – Gas tax increase coming to Alabama legislature
California – California lawmakers propose soda tax, outlawing super-size sugary drinks
Connecticut – Lamont’s budget address focuses on expanding state sales tax, fixing state pensions, tolls
Delaware – Delaware lawmaker calls AG ‘way out of her lane’ on relaxed pot policy
Florida – Florida bill would give rental property power to the state
Florida – Florida Legislature moves closer to ending ban on smokable medical marijuana
Idaho – Effort To Legalize Hemp Continues At Idaho Legislature
Illinois – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law raising Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025
Iowa – Prairie Meadows bets big on Iowa sports gambling