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Published December 16, 2009, 03:42 PM

ND measure would raise tax on wine, beer, liquor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed North Dakota ballot measure would raise the state tax on wine, beer and liquor.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed North Dakota ballot measure would raise the state tax on wine, beer and liquor.

The tax collections would be reserved for spending on alcohol education and prevention.

Duane Peterson of Gwinner submitted the measure to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Wednesday.

Jaeger has until Christmas Eve to review the proposal and draft a short explanation of what it does. The secretary of state cannot change the measure's wording.

Once Jaeger's review is completed, supporters of the tax increase may begin gathering signatures to put it on North Dakota's statewide ballot. They need to get signatures from almost 13,000 North Dakota voters.

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