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Senate panel votes to raise tax on hard liquor by 50 cents a liter

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A state Senate panel has voted to raise Wisconsin's tax on hard liquor by 50 cents a liter as part of the new crackdown on drunken driving.

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The Judiciary Committee also voted Tuesday to raise a court fee from $20 to $163, to help cover the costs of several measures the Assembly approved last month.

The tax and fee hikes would raise about $35 million a year, almost half of what it would cost for the system to handle a larger number of OWI offenders.

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