Supporters Optimistic Md. Alcohol Tax Will Be Raised | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Supporters Optimistic Md. Alcohol Tax Will Be Raised

Play associated audio
A liquor tax under consideration in Maryland is expected to raise $90 million for the state.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drbeachvacation/
A liquor tax under consideration in Maryland is expected to raise $90 million for the state.

Attempts to raise the state's alcohol tax, which has not been increased in more than 50 years, have been routinely voted down by lawmakers in Annapolis. But this year, it appears things could be different.

With the state facing a massive budget deficit, more and more legislators see raising the tax as a way to prevent cuts to healthcare and programs for the disabled.

Senate President Mike Miller says he expects a tax hike will be OK'd, but not at the rate of 10 cents. Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) of Montgomery County is the bill's sponsor.

"If that's all that we can do, then we'll cross that bridge when we get to it," Madaleno says.

He says he remains confident the full 10-cent increase can be approved.

NPR

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.
NPR

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.
NPR

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

The former Florida governor's supporters shouted down his hecklers at his much anticipated appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.