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STATE CRIME AND POLITICAL ROUNDUP: Lawmaker against raising the beer tax to cover incarceration costs

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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.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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