Gov. Joe Manchin says he won't veto a beer tax hike meant to fund substance abuse programs, The Associated Press reports.
Delegates from both parties have co-sponsored a pair of bills seeking to increase the tax, which has equaled $5.50 for a 31-gallon barrel since 1966, lawmakers said.
"The latest bill would increase that to $22, or by four cents per bottle or can," the article said. "The other beer tax bill, reintroduced Feb. 1 from last year's session, would add a penny to the price of each bottle or can by hiking the tax to $11 per barrel."
The co-sponsors plan to seek similar increases for wine and liquor.