ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House is ready to debate the state's first alcohol tax increase since 1987.
The higher booze tax is part of a larger tax package due for a vote Wednesday.
The tax is lodged at the wholesale level so the effect on consumers is hard to pin down.
House Taxes Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, insists the increase equates to an extra 7 cents per drink.
Senate Democrats aren't fans of the alcohol tax and Gov. Mark Dayton is noncommittal.
The House bill is part of the legislative budget balancing task.
It would also hike taxes on tobacco, some corporations and certain six-figure and up incomes.
Democrats say those increases will balance a $627 million deficit, pay off $850 million in loans from schools and pump new money into education.
Rep. Greg Davids, a Preston Republican, says no Republicans will vote for the bill.