The hospitality industry was devastated by COVID-19 and continues to face the harsh economic impacts. Now is not the time to put a new tax on this industry trying to rebound from the pandemic amid a host of new challenges, including inflation, staff shortages and supply chain issues. Oregon hospitality employment is still down by 11,000 jobs compared to pre-pandemic levels.
The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission should be seeking measures to accelerate the hospitality industry’s recovery from the pandemic, not burdening these businesses and consumers like you with more taxes.
And you’d feel this increase in your wallet too. If approved, when you purchase your favorite distilled spirits, you’ll be charged more on every bottle you buy. For a typical bottle of distilled spirits purchased in Oregon, nearly 70 percent of the retail cost already goes to pay a tax or fee of some kind.
Right now, we have the opportunity to make our voices heard and SAY NO to additional taxes on beverage alcohol.
We need to ACT NOW.
The hospitality industry and loyal spirits consumers like you shouldn’t be punished with increased taxes. Don’t wait. Send a letter to the OLCC commissioners TODAY.