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Maryland outlines $14M in alcohol tax revenue for health programs

July 19, 2012

Baltimore Business Journal Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 2:59pm EDT by Sarah Gantz, Reporter Maryland health department leaders on Wednesday detailed the long-term care programs that will benefit from $14 million, a portion of revenue generated by the alcohol tax increase that went live last year. Two programs that provide at-home health services to adults with […]... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »