Paulsen Touts Tax Bill Benefits for Craft Beer Brewers

January 05, 2018 08:34 PM

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen not only voted for the sweeping tax bill passed by Congress, he also helped write it. One of the provisions he highlighted Friday was how the bill will help the craft beer industry.

"I think we're going to see positive results right away," Paulsen said of the tax bill's impact on small breweries. "We've seen a growth right away because of changes in Minnesota state law, but now in the federal law. With some of these changes we're going to see more growth, not only here in Minnesota, but in other states around the country."


Paulsen met with craft brewers at Insight Brewing in Minneapolis. There are now 130 craft brewers that have joined the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Under provisions he authored, he says the excise tax on craft brewers for each barrel of beer has been cut in half. The tax bill also reduces regulations and red tape that have added to the cost of doing business.

Republican supporters of Paulsen say the tax bill will help him in his 2018 re-election bid.

"I think the tax bill is a good piece of legislation," Republican political analyst Andy Brehm said. "I think as the public gets to know it better, gets to see the reforms that are in there, I think it's something he should be proud of. I'm not at all worried about Erik Paulsen's re-election."

However, former DFL state senator Ember Reichgott Junge says the tax bill will help Democrats.

"He did vote for a tax bill that's not going to help many of his constituents," Junge said. "And he did vote for an Affordable Care Act Repeal a number of times that again put 20 million or whatever folks out of health care, so I think he has a very difficult defense of his record."

You can see more of that debate on At Issue at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.



Tom Hauser

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