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Alcohol tax hike passes Md. House committee

April 11, 2011

Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and the driving force behind the 10-cent legislation, said Saturday’s vote was still a win. “We’re thrilled they’re going to 3 percent now,” he said. “That’s a great public health victory for Maryland.”... 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 »

Dime-a-Drink alcohol tax gets local support

February 17, 2011

"There are thousands of people disabled people waiting for supplies and services," Ken Capone, the public policy coordinator for People on the Go, told NBC Washington's Chris Gordon. "The dime a drink tax will help them."... 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 »

Poll boasts public support for alcohol tax increase

January 4, 2011

“Maryland voters overwhelmingly support the dime-a-drink alcohol tax increase because they know that it will save lives and help Maryland’s economy,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition.... Read more »

Push continues for MD alcohol tax hike

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 »

Is your representative on this list?

December 2, 2010

Check out our list of the 75 leaders in the Maryland General Assembly who have agreed to co-sponsor our Lorraine Sheehan Health and Community Services Proposal so far. If your representative isn't on our list, give them a call to ask for their support TODAY!... Read more »