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Summit Brewing founder and President Mark Stutrud says his business could be on the line if the alcohol excise tax passed by the Minnesota House becomes law.Mark Zdechlik | MPR Photo

Minnesota bars, brewers blast booze tax proposal

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ST. PAUL — A bill passed by the Minnesota House that would increase taxes on alcohol has the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries in an uproar.

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Supporters of raising the excise tax on alcohol say it’s long overdue and the state could bring in $200 million a year if people paid just seven cents more per drink. Alcoholic beverage producers pay the excise tax.

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