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Baltimore Sun: Maryland health equity initiative legislation includes increase in alcohol tax to 10%

Baltimore Sun

By Hallie Miller

January 8, 2021

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“A legislative proposal that would incentivize health care providers to set up or extend services in poor and rural communities using funds generated from an increase in the alcohol sales tax has been endorsed by dozens of nonprofit and civic groups — including the state’s largest medical system.

Johns Hopkins officials endorsed the Health Equity Resource Communities Act at a virtual news conference Friday attended by a slate of Maryland lawmakers and executives, including state Attorney General Brian Frosh and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Hopkins Medicine President Kevin W. Sowers said the bill would reduce the devastating health disparities apparent in low-income communities and communities of color.”

Read full article at https://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-hopkins-health-equity-resources-liquor-tax-20210108-zgbxxpgjkzb27kptpl3zpkpn64-story.html