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Let's grow the number of artisan distillers

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017 05:01 am
Indiana leads the nation in many areas like job creation, the cost of doing business and low taxes. I am committed to continuing to build our economy by supporting local entrepreneurs. Fort Wayne is home to an abundance of unique small businesses driving our economy forward. One trend here, as well as across the country, that entrepreneurs are capitalizing on, is operating artisan distilleries and microbreweries. These founders not only utilize local agriculture when crafting their products, but also integrate other local businesses by selling and distributing their goods through local vendors in the community.

A proposal I have been working on for a new law will allow for more businesses like this to continue to grow. Current law requires an applicant for an artisan distiller’s permit to have held either a farm winery, small brewer or distiller permit for three years preceding the date of the application. My legislation will reduce that to one year. Doing so will allow for these small businesses to open their doors to consumers sooner, so that they can begin to earn money and hire more Hoosiers.

My proposal for a new law, would help increase the number of applicants eligible to receive an artisan permit, and in turn increase revenue from permit fees. This is a $250 annual fee for the permit, and the funds are deposited into the state’s general fund, which funds vital areas like public safety and education.

According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, there were 14 active artisan distiller’s permits in Indiana last year. Farm wineries, distilleries and microbreweries held 318 active permits. Fort Wayne is home to several of these businesses, and we must help these growing industries thrive and help support our economy.

As I work on this proposal and other issues facing our community, please contact me with any questions or input at (317) 232-9643 or email at h81@iga.in.gov. Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h81.

State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 81, which includes portions of Allen County.

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