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Posts from — January 2012

Md. health advocates cheer allocation of proceeds from alcohol tax increase

January 25, 2012

Most of the money raised by a 50 percent increase in Maryland’s sales tax on alcohol has been allocated for health needs under Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget, said health advocates who cheered the result Tuesday.... Read more »

Alcohol tax money directed to health programs

Gov.Martin O'Malley has proposed $64 million in health programs this year that his administration has identified as having been funded by the alcohol tax.... Read more »

Proposal to raise MD cigar tax attacked: Denounced as a business burden

January 20, 2012

The governor’s support gives the tax a stronger chance of ending up in the final budget, though tobacco lobbyists and opposing lawmakers could push for its removal.... Read more »

The ‘other’ tobacco tax

Editorial View: Time for Maryland to do the right thing and tax cigars, snuff and other forms of tobacco at a rate comparable to the tax on cigarettes... Read more »

The Baltimore Sun’s 2012 legislative agenda: Cigar tax

January 11, 2012

According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene¿s Youth Tobacco Survey, nearly as many teens now smoke cigars as cigarettes. The state should raise taxes on cigars and other tobacco products so they are equivalent to cigarette taxes.... Read more »

Maryland kids win with CHIPRA performance bonus

Maryland has just received its second Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) performance bonus from CMS. This recognizes its efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Maryland enrolled an additional 41,000 children in FY 2011 alone, and since 2007 we have seen a 34% overall increase in enrollment. Our bonus of $28.3 million represents the highest amount awarded by CMS this year. ... Read more »

Letter to the editor: Cigar tax increase would reduce teen use

Baltimore Sun January 4, 2012 In a recent Baltimore Sun article about our proposed tax increase for cigars and smokeless tobacco designed to reduce teen use of these products (“Group pushing tobacco tax says it’s a popular idea,” Dec. 20), Bill Spann of the cigar industry makes the irrelevant point that teenagers don’t smoke expensive […]... Read more »

Group pushing tobacco tax says it’s a popular idea

Two-thirds of Maryland voters support increasing the state’s tobacco tax, according to a new poll from the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, the group that pushed the dime-a-drink tax on alcohol last General Assembly session.... Read more »

Group will push for increased levy on cigars, other tobacco products

Although cigarette smoking in Maryland has declined by 32 percent in the past decade, DeMarco argues that taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco should be on par with the state’s cigarette tax.... Read more »

Bid afoot in Maryland to raise tax on cigars and more

A survey of Maryland voters performed this fall by the polling firm Opinion Works found that 72 percent favored increasing the OTP tax and 54 “strongly” favored the hike.... Read more »