30 Years Of 21

Editorial-A +A
Published: 08/05/2014

July 17 marked the 30th anniversary of the federal government’s use of blackmail to force states to raise the legal drinking age to 21.

On that date in 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which mandated that states raise their drinking age to 21 or suffer a 10 percent cut to their federal highway funding. Nearly four years later, on July 1, 1988, Wyoming became the final state to succumb to the federal blackmail and raise its drinking age.