Maryland lawmakers and health care advocates proposed increasing the state’s alcohol tax on Wednesday to generate millions of dollars to address health disparities, which have been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The increase in Maryland’s alcohol tax in 2011 has saved lives, advocates said after a new study showed a decrease in alcohol-related car crashes in the last six years. The study, by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, showed a 6 percent decrease in alcohol-involved car incidents that lead to an injury or fatality. […]
ANNAPOLIS — Representatives from the alcohol industry have told the Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates that the state’s year-old 9 percent sales tax on alcoholic beverages has produced stagnant growth in liquor sales in the past year, while growth in neighboring Virginia and Delaware was above the national average. Banking and real estate panelists also […]
Report: Raze Mechanic because of subway jolts A private engineering study has found widespread corrosion in the parking garage beneath the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre due in part to stray electrical currents from subway trains, according to an Owings Mills developer who commissioned the report and has applied to demolish the 45-year-old concrete building. Howard […]
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland health officials are highlighting $14.3 million they can use to expand community-based, long-term care for seniors and the physically disabled with the help of an increased state alcohol tax, which has been in effect for a little more than a year. The money has been set aside for the fiscal year that […]
ANNAPOLIS — 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. Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, said roughly $64 million has been set aside for health […]
It took some Annapolis deal making in order to get the new 3 percent alcohol tax passed at the tail end of this year’s legislative session, and charges are being levied that politics are being played with where those proceeds are being spent. Policymakers estimated that the tax would bring in $88 million in its […]
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland raised roughly $6 million in added revenue in July from a 50 percent increase in the state’s sales tax on alcohol, a state official said Monday. If the revenue raised in July turns out to be the monthly average, it would add up to about $72 million in extra state revenue a […]
ANNAPOLIS — Advocates for health care and the developmentally disabled on Thursday cheered the 50 percent increase in the state’s sales tax on beer, wine and spirits with the hope future proceeds will go to health needs. Supporters are optimistic that a congratulatory letter from Gov. Martin O’Malley on their grass-roots push to raise taxes […]
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ANNAPOLIS — A measure to raise the sales tax on alcohol from 6 percent to 9 percent in July was approved 78-62 by the House of Delegates on Monday, sending the legislation to the state Senate to consider on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly session. The 50 percent increase in the sales tax […]
ANNAPOLIS – The creation of a state-run venture capital fund, an alcohol tax hike and a financial Band-Aid for Maryland horse racing await lawmakers Monday, the final day of their legislative session. Those are among the largest business issues remaining among dozens of other pieces of unfinished business and high-profile social legislation, including a transgender […]