I've been following this bill for a while and did write my representative.
(I write them on a semi-regular basis.)
Here is the reply I received after writing my local representative, and - unfortunately- bill sponsor: Diane Rosenbaum
"Thank you for taking the time to write Senator Rosenbaum regarding HB
2461 relating to the proposed beer tax which would be spent for drug and
alcohol treatment, prevention and recovery programs. As you mentioned,
Oregon's beer tax has not been raised in over thirty years, and it is
one of the lowest in the nation.
Senator Rosenbaum is open to considering how to avoid impacts on small,
local breweries and views the current proposal as a starting point for
future conversations. Please know that your comments will be filed for
future reference should a version of this bill reach the Senate for a
vote. I have also attached a link to Representative Cannon's webpage
which provides more background and information on this proposal.http://www.repbencan...er_tax_proposal
Again thank you for taking the time to write. Receiving such comments
greatly assists our understanding of the concerns of citizens in Senate
District 21. Please feel free to contact the office again regarding this
or any other issue. "
At least they wrote me back. LOL.
I basically said in my email that I understood why an increase would be considered, since it hadn't been raised in 32 yrs, but that I found the current methodology excessive and asked that, as a constituent, they reformulate their figures.
I am definitely a believer in the power of voting and of voice.
If you are unhappy with a bill- vocalize it. If you are unhappy with a bill your representatives supports- tell em' so.