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Alcohol tax funds boost long-term care services in Maryland

July 19, 2012

About $14.3 million generated by the 2011 state alcohol tax will be used to expand long-term care services to frail seniors and adults with disabilities, officials said Wednesday.... Read more »

Health advocates cheer use of Md. alcohol tax

"It worked out exactly as we wanted, that it's being used for these purposes through the regular budget process," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative. "Now, it has to be redone every year, but these are becoming like normal budget items, so they'll be in the budget every year."... Read more »

GREAT PUBLIC HEALTH VICTORIES MARK THE 2012 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSIONS

May 17, 2012

Statement by Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition Thanks to the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, and the Maryland General Assembly, the 2012 General Assembly Sessions made tremendous public health progress. First, the landmark Health Care Exchange legislation will place Maryland at the forefront of states implementing the […]... Read more »

Coalition calls MD’s alcohol tax a success

February 8, 2012

A coalition that pushed an alcohol tax increase last year is calling the tax a success and turning its efforts toward assuring that the new revenue is spent the way it was intended.... Read more »

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 »

Campaign starts for another $1-a-pack tax hike on cigarettes

January 11, 2012

The folks who campaigned for the new 9% alcohol sales tax and the $2-a-pack cigarette tax are pushing for an additional $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes to help fund health care.... Read more »

A new tobacco tax?

The same organization which successfully pushed for a 50 percent hike in the state’s sales tax on alcohol earlier this year now plans a push to raise the tobacco tax.... Read more »

First month of alcohol tax raises $6M

September 13, 2011

Maryland raised roughly $6 million in added revenue in July from a 50 percent increase in the state’s sales tax on alcohol... Read more »

Higher alcohol tax in Maryland: Where will the money go?

July 13, 2011

Deputy Director Matt Celentano was interviewed on Mix 106.5 about the alcohol tax, health care and health reform in Maryland.... Read more »