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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 »

General Assembly passes tax hike in final hours

April 12, 2011

"In these times of tough budget problems, other states should do what Maryland did, raise money in a way that saves lives," DeMarco said. "This alcohol tax increase will save many lives and raise enough money to fund critical health care and community service needs."... Read more »

Celebrating the passage of alcohol tax

The Lorraine Sheehan Alcohol Tax Coalition commends the Maryland General Assembly for voting to raise an alcohol specific tax for the first time in 40 years. We urge Governor Martin O'Malley to sign this life-saving measure.... Read more »

Statement by Vincent DeMarco President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative

March 25, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2011 In a great victory for public health in Maryland, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee today voted favorably on life-saving legislation to increase an alcohol specific tax for the first time in forty years. Sponsored by Senators Verna Jones-Rodwell and Rich Madaleno, Senate Bill 994 will over the next ... Read more »

The (occasional) virtues of nickel-and-diming

February 9, 2011

...despite my reflexive opposition to such small-change taxation, the new dime-per-drink tax and a proposed nickel-per-shopping-bag fee in Maryland are both good ideas... Read more »

Some support idea of increase in alcohol tax

February 8, 2011

The proposed Lorraine Sheehan Dime a Drink tax would pour $215 million into Maryland’s economy. David Wells, owner of The Wine Source in Hampden, is all for it.... Read more »

Alcohol tax advocates roll out supporters including wine store owner

February 7, 2011

David Wells, who owns The Wine Source in Baltimore, said...that he is "confident that this increase will not hurt my business...It is time for our industry to do its fair share to reduce the deaths and societal problems caused by the misuse of our product."... Read more »

MD Alcohol tax a win-win say supporters

January 5, 2011

A new study concludes an increase in Maryland's alcohol tax could save lives and money.... Read more »

Push continues for MD alcohol tax hike

January 4, 2011

A study released Tuesday says a proposed hike in the state’s alcohol tax would decrease the number of alcohol-related deaths in Maryland while saving the state money from crimes associated with booze.... Read more »

Maryland preps for health care reform

December 31, 2010

DeMarco said he only needs 11 more members to sign on to pass the measure, which he calls "good policy and good politics."... Read more »