If passed, a new bill would raise the beer tax in Michigan by 244%.

The bill was pitched by a West Michigan representative, from Byron Center, earlier this week. Under his plan, the additional money would go towards drug and alcohol programs, courts and substance issues as a whole, including combating underage drinking and alcohol-related crimes.

The beer tax hasn't been raised in 50 years. Since 1966 its cost $6.30/barrel or 1.9¢ per 12-ounce bottle or can. The new bill would raise the tax to $21.70/barrel or 6.5¢ per 12-ounce bottle or can... over a 200% increase!

WOOD-TV reports that Michigan already has one of the highest beer taxes in the country and raising it even more could affect the state's beer industry, especially craft beer.

The bill would only apply to beer, not liquor or wine.