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Maryland advocates rally for alcohol tax for disabled

ANNAPOLIS — Advocates for the disabled are rallying for an increase in the alcohol tax to help fund community services.

Advocates and disabled residents shouted “10 cents makes sense” during the rally Friday in Annapolis in front of the Maryland State House.

They are urging lawmakers to approve an increase in the alcohol tax by a dime on each drink sold at restaurants and stores.

Advocates say the tax proposal would raise about $215 million, with $30 million of it for the developmentally disabled.

They say half of the $30 million would address underfunding in existing community services, and half would provided funding for people on a waiting list to get services.

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