Latest Md. Alcohol Tax Hike Bill Has No Strings Attached

February 22, 2011  |  

(Washington Business Journal) — A bill filed in the Maryland House of Delegates late Friday would raise the state’s tax on beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages, without putting any restrictions on how the state could use the proceeds.

That’s a key difference between House Bill 1213, introduced by Del. Carolyn J. B. Howard, D-Prince George’s, and Senate Bill 168/HB 121, the Lorraine Sheehan Health and Community Services Act of 2011, introduced earlier this year. HB 168/SB 121 would boost the state alcohol tax but direct that the money be used for expanded health care for Maryland residents. The proposed increase is opposed by the state’s liquor industry.

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