TRENTON N.J. The New Jersey Restaurant Association is protesting a proposed 25-percent increase in the excise tax on wine and liquor in the state, saying that local restaurateurs will likely have to pass the additional cost onto their customers. The tax increase is part of the state's proposed $28.6 billion budget. Lawmakers in New Jersey were expected to finalize the details for the budget Thursday, and final passage is expected as early as June 18. Deborah Dowdell, ...

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