Senate Bill 701 seeks to reduce the alcoholic beverage tax rate on low-percentage alcohol by volume (ABV) liquors with lower than 9.9 percent ABV from $5.50 a gallon to $0.12 a gallon, matching the tax rate for beer. The cider rate would also be reduced from $0.15 a gallon to $0.12 a gallon.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles