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Effort To Raise Alcohol Tax In Maryland

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This group of supporters is pushing for the tax unveiling their plans at a press conference in Annapolis.
Matt Bush
This group of supporters is pushing for the tax unveiling their plans at a press conference in Annapolis.

By Matt Bush

A group of lawmakers in Maryland is again pushing for an increase to the state's alcohol tax. The bill, sponsored by delegate Bill Bronrott of Bethesda, would raise the tax 10 cents for every drink served in the state.

The tax is currently 2 cents for wine and spirits, and one-cent for beer. Bronrott says the last time the tax was raised was 1955.

Dr. Nancy Rosen-Cohen is the director of the Maryland chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. She says passing the bill this year would be very timely, since the new revenue would go to drug rehab programs.

Increases to the alcohol tax have routinely been defeated in the general assembly, because of strong opposition from the alcohol lobby groups.


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