Thursday, April 9, 2009

Common Cause in Wisconsin -- on TV!

Executive Director Jay Heck comments on increasing the beer tax on WKOW Channel 27 News.

"This is a state where in Milwaukee you can take your children into a tavern after church on Sunday and they can be served as long as the parents are there," said Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin.

Heck says a beer tax increase faces huge hurdles -- one of them a powerful state lobby.

"The Tavern League is very well organized in every legislative district and every state senate district," said Heck.

"It becomes a matter of answering to your constituents," said Heck. "If they see people speaking strongly in an organized fashion at the local level against this, legislators aren't going to try to change the status quo and stick their necks out, even though it may be the right thing to do."

For more CC/WI in the News, click here.

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