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B'ville: Show of support for Anheuser-Busch

Greater Baldwinsville municipalities are showing support for the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Lysander.

All three boards, the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Lysander and Van Buren, unanimously sent memorializing resolutions to Gov. David Patterson requesting he rescind the New York State excise tax on beer from 11 to 14 cents. The letter stated the Lysander brewery employs more than 800 people with an annual payroll of $67 million, the increase in the beer tax targets the Lysander brewer because micro-breweries and smaller breweries are exempt from the tax and when the federal excise tax on beer was doubled in 1991, 60,000 people were put out of work across the nation.

"The current proposal poses the same devastating impact to Anheuser-Busch operations in Lysander, Central New York and nationwide, threatening the livelihood of Central New Yorkers and chasing jobs from our region," the resolution read.

The letter also quoted Anheuser-Busch officials stating "the New York beer industry supports more than 86,000 jobs, pays $3.1 billion in wages and contributes nearly $9.9 billion to the state's economy."

Van Buren officials noted the presence of Anheuser-Busch in the community helps keep residential taxes down throughout greater Baldwinsville.

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