The Advertiser-Tribune: End Wall Street fee on Main Street beer drinkers

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The Advertiser-Tribune: End Wall Street fee on Main Street beer drinkers

By Sen. Sherrod Brown:

There are more than 60 breweries and about 1,780 direct brewery jobs throughout Ohio. These breweries are dependent on aluminum for their kegs and cans.

Recently, Tim Weiner of MillerCoors, which operates a brewery in Trenton, testified at a Senate hearing that, “Aluminum users, like MillerCoors, are being forced to wait in some cases over 18 months to take physical delivery due to … warehouse practices or pay the high physical premium to get aluminum today.”

Weiner estimated this is costing businesses and consumers $3 billion per year.

When banks control the supply and price, manufacturers and consumers pay the price. It’s not right, and we need to end this Wall Street tax on Main Street beer drinkers. We need to take action, and there are some simple steps to do so.

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