The Delaware General Assembly is considering two potential increases or “revenue enhancers” to close a $250 million budget gap: a significant increase on all alcohol license fees, which have not been increased since 1950 and are projected to raise an additional $600,000, and a 50% increase on beer, wine and spirits taxes. It is anticipated that the draft budget will be released Thursday and could pass the Assembly as early as that day. All “revenue enhancers,” such as the alcohol tax proposals, must be approved by a 3/5 majority vote. The Delaware Restaurant Association is working with an industry coalition to oppose this tax threat.

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