Alcohol Tax, Immigrant In-State Tuition Bills Pass Md. Legislature | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Alcohol Tax, Immigrant In-State Tuition Bills Pass Md. Legislature

Play associated audio
Republican Senator David Brinkley reads a book as he filibusters a bill that would allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges.  While successful initially, the bill passed just before the Senate adjourned for the year.
Matt Bush
Republican Senator David Brinkley reads a book as he filibusters a bill that would allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges. While successful initially, the bill passed just before the Senate adjourned for the year.

Earlier Monday, the bill seemed in jeopardy, after a Republican David Brinkley filibustered by reading a book aloud. Brinkley relented on blocking the measure after the it was amended to change the requirements that illegal aliens must meet to qualify for in-state tuition.

But he still did not vote for the bill.

"I don't think that it's appropriate, that we be passing along an enhancement for illegal people in here," Brinkley said.

The Senate also passed a sharp increase to the state alcohol tax that the House of Delegates approved earlier in the day. Sales tax on alcohol will increase from 6 to 9 percent.

Republican State Senator E.J. Pipkin was among the opponents of the tax hike.

"The most regressionary of taxes that you can get. The poorest of the poor will pay the same in this increase in tax, as the richest of the rich," Pipkin said after the vote.

But Democrat Richard Madaleno, one of the tax increase's biggest supporters, countered Pipkin's argument by pointing out the financial benefits for Maryland's public schools. "We are putting money into school construction. We have this money," he said. It's going to improve schools. It's going to create jobs."

The new taxes are expected to raise $85 million for the school system. The tax hike goes into effect July 1st.

NPR

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
NPR

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
NPR

Congress Approves $16.3 Billion VA Health Care Bill

A 91-3 vote in the Senate will send the landmark VA legislation, meant to address widespread problems in the VA health care system, to President Obama for his signature.
NPR

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

Leave a Comment

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