Author Archives: Donna Whitaker

Facing Big Deficit, Wyoming Solons Mull Major Bev/Al Hike

Wyoming legislators are considering quadrupling the sales tax on malt beverages to 4-3/4 cents per liter from one-half cents per 100 milliliters, raising the sales tax on wine and spirits an additional

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Montana Lawmakers to End Lottery, Sell Liquor Licenses

If you want a liquor license in Montana, get read to pay up.  The state’s lawmakers are considering a proposal to sell new licenses to the high bidder.  Currently, they are issued by lottery. 

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Iowa’s Cedar Ridge Distillery to Expand, Double Production

The Swisher, Iowa, distillery will spend $2 million over the next 18 to 36 months to expand its stillhouse, add equipment and construct a warehouse to store whiskey.

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What We’re Reading and Listening to –

WGN Radio interviews Goose Island Research & Development Manager Mike Siegel about the launch of Bourbon County Stout.  You can hear the 22 minute audio here.

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F.Y.I. —

Plant Respiration a Big Impact on Climate Change Plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, new research suggests.  As the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due … Continue reading

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Senate Finance Panel OKs Tax Reform, Includes FET Cuts

Late last night, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which includes significant reductions in the federal excise tax on beer, wine and spirits for two years.

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