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Oregon: OLCC commissioners reject booze surcharge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has rejected placing an additional 25-cent-a-bottle surcharge on the price of distilled spirits.

The commissioners voted 3-2 in a conference call Wednesday morning.

If the surcharge had passed, it would have raised an estimated $16.2 million for the upcoming two-year state budget cycle.

Commissioners Michael Harper, Rob Patridge and Robert Rice voted against the surcharge. It was supported by commissioners Cassandra Skinner and Pamela Weatherspoon.

Commissioners recently extended a temporary 50-cent surcharge that has been in effect since April 2009.