Beer, wine, cider and spirits are an essential part of Oregon’s economy and identity.
Closures due to COVID-19, coupled with unprecedented wildfires, have had a devastating impact on Oregon’s breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants, bars and hospitality sector. Oregon’s Economic Forecast predicts COVID-19 will result in the loss of at least 53,000—that’s 44%—of these good-paying jobs. The last thing our local businesses need are tax increases. Tax increases only make it harder for them to invest in rehiring, new equipment and expansion, and will result in higher prices for consumers. Oregon’s breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants and bars need the support of our elected officials through certainty and stability in the tax code.