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Posts from — January 2011

A dime a drink would help solve Maryland’s budget woes

January 31, 2011

Washington Post Editorial Sunday, January 30, 2011; 7:44 PM ALCOHOL LOBBYISTS, those perennial darlings of lawmakers in Annapolis, are fighting tooth and nail to maintain Maryland’s rock-bottom tax rates on beer, wine and spirits, last changed decades ago and now among the lowest in the nation. From the gnashing of the lobby’s teeth, you’d think […]... Read more »

Is a ‘dime a drink’ too much?

January 24, 2011

If raising this user tax will increase state revenue, with a minimal effect on consumers and without placing the state at a competitive disadvantage — then it merits implementation. ... Read more »

Alcohol tax proposed in MD

January 17, 2011

WJLA News, ABC7 DC By Jennifer Donelan January 13, 2011 Your drink of choice will get more expensive if a proposed alcohol tax increase is passed in Maryland. The nonprofit group Maryland Health Care for All Coalition is calling for a new law that would increase taxes on beer, wine and liquor at bars. This could […]... Read more »

‘Dime a drink’ tax on table

January 14, 2011

Salisbury Times By Greg Latshaw • Staff Writer •January 14, 2011 SALISBURY — Maryland lawmakers are considering a “dime a drink” alcohol tax increase, saying it will lower the gaping budget deficit and avert cases of alcohol abuse. Seventy-five lawmakers support a plan that would put the added alcohol revenues toward health programs, according to […]... Read more »

Study shows Marylanders favor increased alcohol tax

January 5, 2011

Of those surveyed, 66 percent said they would support a tax increase if revenues were used for health priorities, 55 percent also said they would favor the tax if monies were used for deficit reduction, and 31 percent opposed the tax entirely.... Read more »

Alcoholic beverages could soon cost more…

Supporters say a tax increase is long overdue.... Read more »

Supporters of dime a drink tax hike believe they’re closer to victroy

Maryland Reporter By Len Lazarick Supporters of a major increase in alcohol taxes to support health care believe the election results, legislative committee assignments and a new poll have put them close to their goal of a “dime-a-drink” tax hike. “We think we’re close to majorities” in both the House Ways & Means Committee and […]... Read more »

Lawmakers look to boost the booze tax in MD

"We'll be probably putting in a bill in the following three weeks," said State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery).... Read more »

Advocates push for alcohol tax before General Assembly

Despite the heated anti-tax rhetoric from last November's elections, Vincent DeMarco of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative is convinced he has the votes for his proposed dime a drink increase in state liquor taxes.... Read more »

Maryland to mull alcohol tax increase

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A new study released Tuesday shows an increase in the state alcohol tax would save Maryland millions of dollars and would decrease the number of alcohol-related deaths in the state. Supporters of the tax that will be proposed this session said they want to see a 10 cent per drink tax put […]... Read more »