June 23, 2011
Sen. Larson Supports Local Businesses, Encourages Veto of Craft Brewery Budget Provisions
Madison – Sen. Chris Larson (D–Milwaukee) joined fellow legislators in a bipartisan letter distributed this week asking the governor to veto a budget provision that limits the ability of Wisconsin’s craft brewers to grow and create jobs.
Towards the end of the budget process, Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Robin Vos unexpectedly introduced Motion #414, which prevents local craft breweries from being able to expand and create much-needed jobs in Wisconsin.
“Our local craft breweries have become a wonderful addition to Wisconsin’s economy by creating jobs and bringing tourism to the state,” said Sen. Larson. “We should be supporting these businesses that are a valued part of Wisconsin tradition and culture, not impeding their prospects for growth.”
Motion #414 makes sweeping changes to Chapter 125 of Wisconsin Statutes including taking away the wholesale and retail licenses from brewers and eliminating the ability of brewers to sell existing retail or wholesale operations separately from the brewing operation.
“Governor Walker’s time in office has been marred by misplaced priorities and broken promises,” said Sen. Larson. “It is time for his actions to match his rhetoric, which is why he must stand up for local businesses and remove the craft brewery language from the budget.”