North Dakota Alcohol Tax (2006)

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An Alcohol Tax (or Alcohol Tax Petition) is a citizen-initiated state statute that would have amended the North Dakota Century Code sections 5-03-07 and 5-03-08 and add a new section to chapter 50-06 increasing the tax on the wholesale price of beer, requiring the additional tax to be depositied in a fund designed as the responsible choices fun, and establishing a responsible choices commission to provide public education related to the consumption and abuse of alcoholic beverages.


Kristi Frahm, a teacher in New Rockford, is the chairwoman of the committee sponsoring the measure. The committee has 25 members from across the state, about half of whom are educators, said Lee Erickson, the committee's spokesman.

Erickson, of Hillsboro, is an insurance agent and the state coordinator for a group called "Students Against Destructive Decisions." He said his 16-year-old daughter was killed by a drunken driver in 1993.

Under the measure, the tax on a gallon of beer in bulk containers would double to 16 cents. The tax on beer in bottles and cans would increase from 16 cents per gallon to 24 cents per gallon.

"It amounts to about a penny a beer," Erickson said.

Revenue from the increased beer tax would be used to establish a five-member "Responsible Choices Commission." Its members would be appointed by the governor, the measure says.

The commission would fund programs to "discourage impaired driving, underage drinking and drug abuse, and related destructive behaviors," the measure says.

"North Dakota spends zero dollars on alcohol prevention," Erickson said. "The money comes from the federal government and is funneled through various state agencies. Those federal dollars are increasingly in short supply."

Erickson said the increased beer tax would generate about $1.3 million annually.

"Taxing beer and nothing else would give us enough money," said Nancy Kielpinski, a Mandan high school teacher and one of the backers of the proposal.[1]


A documented opponent has not been found.

Even beer drinkers won't mind pitching in an extra penny per drink, Erickson believes.

"I haven't performed a scientific survey," he said, "but I've yet to speak to a beer drinker who is opposed to this."[2]


The alcohol measure failed to make the 2006 ballot.

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