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Oregon Liquor Control Commission Rejects Distilled Spirit Surcharge

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has rejected placing an additional 25-cent-a-bottle surcharge on the price of distilled spirits.
    
The commissioners voted 3-2 in a conference call Wednesday morning.
    
If the surcharge had passed, it would have raised an estimated $16.2 million for the upcoming two-year state budget cycle.
    
Commissioners Michael Harper, Rob Patridge and Robert Rice voted against the surcharge. It was supported by commissioners Cassandra Skinner and Pamela Weatherspoon.
    
Commissioners recently extended a temporary 50-cent surcharge that has been in effect since April 2009.

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