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Posts from — March 2011

Measure would boost levy by 3 cents over three years

March 30, 2011

Budget negotiators will now decide whether to include the sales tax increase in the final spending plan agreed upon by both chambers.... Read more »

MD budget battle lines drawn

...Vincent DeMarco, who led the “dime-a-drink” campaign, declared the Senate action a “public health victory.” “We don’t care if it’s excise or sales,” DeMarco said. “We want the price of alcohol to go up to reduce underage drinking and alcohol abuse.”... Read more »

Senate budget writers back tax increase on alcohol

March 25, 2011

A key Senate committee on Thursday backed the state’s first increase in an alcohol specific tax in decades. The bill, approved on an 8-to-4 vote by the Budget and Taxation Committee, would gradually raise the sales tax Maryland residents pay on alcohol from 6 percent to 9 percent, eventually generating about $85 million.... Read more »

Statement by Vincent DeMarco President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative

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 »

Alcohol tax increase advances to full Senate

BALTIMORE SUN MARCH 24, 2011 Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 5:55 PM For the first time in more than four decades, a Maryland legislative committee has approved an alcohol tax increase. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee today advanced a plan to bump tax on alcohol from 6 to 9 percent over the next three […]... Read more »


March 23, 2011

Today marks the first anniversary of federal health reform and there is much to celebrate!... Read more »

Md. unveils tax credit campaign for small businesses

March 16, 2011

State health officials and advocates joined CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Tuesday in unveiling a more than $150,000 campaign to spread the word about tax credits available to small businesses under federal health care reform.... Read more »

Health care tax credit campaign launched in Maryland

March 15, 2011

An estimated 66,000, or 80 percent, of Maryland’s 82,600 small businesses could be eligible for these tax credits.... Read more »