STATE CRIME AND POLITICAL ROUNDUP: Lawmaker against raising the beer tax to cover incarceration costs
A state lawmaker who wants more-and-longer prison terms for drunk drivers is against raising the beer tax to help cover the incarceration costs. Assembly Republican Jim Ott of Mequon said those who drink responsibly should not have to pay for those who choose to drink-and-drive. He says one problem is that the beer tax money goes into the state's general fund. Ott tells the Central Wisconsin Sunday newspaper he would favor higher fines and surcharges for those convicted of O-W-I.