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Alcohol tax hike will hit consumers, opponents say

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota brewers and liquor lobbyists say a proposal to boost the state's alcohol taxes could tack $2 onto the cost of a 12-pack.

House Democrats have billed a hike in the state's alcohol excise tax — part of a tax package unveiled Monday — as a 7-cent-per-drink increase to help the state pay the social costs of alcoholism.

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