PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The liquor and alcohol industry is pushing to lower Rhode Island's tax on alcoholic beverages, saying they're being hurt by customers going to Massachusetts to avoid paying tax.
The Providence Journal reports that the House Committee on Finance heard testimony Thursday on legislation to cut the tax, including a bill that would cut it in half from 6 percent to 3 percent.
Kelly Sheridan, a lobbyist for brewer Anheuser-Busch, says the industry is being hurt by the tax.
Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr., a sponsor of the legislation, says he is trying to level the playing field.