Alcohol May Come With A New Kind Of High:Taxes

Alcohol may soon come with a new kind of high. It’s not stronger proof. It’s a higher tax.

Alex DeMetrick reports supporters of a “Dime a Drink Tax” think they have a shot at making it happen in Maryland.

If you like to pull a cork, you might pay an extra 10 cents for every glass.

It’s called the “Dime a Drink Tax,” and it would hit all alcoholic drinks, if Maryland’s legislature approves it this year.

For supporters like health care providers, this may be a good thing.

“Alcohol excise tax is a win-win for the state. They provide much needed revenue, and reduce alcohol consumption and related problems,” said David Jernigan, Johns Hopkins professor.

But an increase at restaurants and bars may not be such a good thing. Good times stopped rolling during the recession and business coming back now is still viewed as fragile.

“We’re still in this economic recession right now, and anything more is going to take people out of restaurants in Baltimore and Maryland. And that’s not good for the economy,” said Bill Irvin, Kooper’s Tavern.

The tax would also hit retailers, upping a six-pack by 60 cents and wine and spirits by a dime a serving.

“Some 44 percent of Marylanders do not drink. They will pay no tax,” said Jernigan.

The “Dime a Drink Tax” could raise $215 million in new revenue.

For light to moderate drinkers, the tax would amount to only $10.83 per year.

The last time Maryland raised the tax on alcohol was in 1972.

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One Comment

  1. Doug says:

    I would like to see Pot legalized,with the same laws as alcohol,then taxed heavily.
    This would satisfy both parties.
    Instead of spending billions to ” Combat” pot use,
    We could take in billions in revenue.
    Either way,the same amount of pot will be grown ans consumed,
    in this once great nation of ours.

    1. Travis says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more Doug.

    2. W says:

      I agree with Doug.

      1. RT says:

        I write to my delegates every year about that. Last year when the legislature was discussing medical pot, I told my reps, why just medical, why not go all the way. We would be the first state to do it setting up a Pot Gold rush. You want to talk about bringing in TAXES, being the first state in the Union to legalize weed would be a gold mine. Getting in late would mean lost chances at revenue. We’re already losing to California with their VERY LIBERAL Medical Pot law. It’s time for us to get a piece of the Pie or should I say Pot.

    3. Corrie Everhart says:

      Amen! I agree… not that I ever smoked it in my life but I don’t see pot as a bad thing.

      1. billyjax says:

        The new tax form coming:

        How much did you Make?

        Send it all in.

    4. dan says:

      Actually a high tax will simply provide a reason for illegal drug sales, and all the associating problems, to continue. And there’s more than two parties.

      1. Bill says:

        I guess your statement is based on all the illegal contra-band cigarette sales and all the associating problems – considering the enormous federal and state taxes on each pack of cigarettes? You don’t know what you are talking about – just another fear-monger.

      2. Juan says:

        Actually, Bill, cigarettes are routinely stolen, both in violent armed robberies, and in organized crime fashion, and sold on the black market.

    5. Mary says:

      Couldn’t disagree more. Why make the state more money? So what, it can get bigger at wasting it? The concept of raising more revenue from taxing higher is short term thinking. In the long run, taxes ended up hurting the state’s budget since businesses and consumers do more things to avoid paying the taxes. When you reduce taxes, more business is created & more revenues come in as a result. As states across the nation are raising taxes, they’re also cutting services. What exactly is this “new” revenue for-certainly not to serve the average citizen. Besides, to make the argument that taxing “sinful” behaviour is moral because one can collect money from it, only justifies the so-called sinful behaviour to begin with.

      1. James Brazzle says:

        I disagree that is sinful behavior in the first place, we fundamentally diasgree on the ground floor.

      2. chipgiii says:

        I do agree that keeping it illegal is pretty silly these days; but I also agree that giving wasteful polilticians more money isn’t the answer: they will simply spend more and five years from now Maryland at best will be in the same place. Until things are “leaned” out, waste cut, pet state projects removed, etc., giving politicians more money is like asking the alcoholic if he wants one on the house.

      3. JaniceK says:

        I agree with your premise that giving the State more money is the wrong thing to do. The State needs to find ways to live within its means…like I do, and you do. Stop trying to find more sources of revenue, and instead try living within your income!

      4. The Modern Man says:

        Keep your sin to yourself. Silly superstitions.

    6. AH says:

      Typical liberal response. The Gov needs the revenue so they can go on speding with abandon. It matters not what amount of money we give them, they will spend more. Cut off ANY extra revenue and make these “public servants” make the choices we send them to office to make.

      1. bwe says:

        THIS is the real answer to the problem but no one dares follow up on. The more they can wrench out of your pocket the more they (presumably) spend or pocket or something. All these new taxes and, if I’m not mistaken, they are tax exempt, go figure.

    7. PhatBoy says:

      Oh be serious already… You legalize pot and how many folks do you think are going to buy the taxed version and not grow it themselves. Why do you think the big push in the PRC (Peoples Republic of California) failed. The big growers up north were against it because EVERYONE WOULD BE GROWING THEIR OWN!!!!


      1. Pasadena Mike says:

        I think most people would be willing to pay the tax for the immediate convenience of buying it at the store. If your theory was correct, wouldn’t there be a much larger population brewing their own beer or distilling their own spirits? While it would remain an option, I don’t see the downside of the tax as a great enough incentive to attempt growing it at home.

      2. Jed3d says:

        Not so. You can brew your own beer and wine, but only a handful of people do it. A professionally crafted beer is highly sought after. I would expect the same of a professionally crafted bud….

      3. peyton says:

        I wouldn’t.. I’d be happy to pay to get a license and also pay the high tax if it was legally sold at a store.

      4. Elmo says:

        I dont see anyone rushing out to grow there own raspberries yet and those are like $4.00 a bite at the local grocery store.

    8. oldtexas says:

      We don”t tax drinks or income in Texas! Come on down and bring your company too!

      1. Mike says:

        Actually, Texas does have a tax on alcohol, albeit at a fairly low rate.

    9. leroy says:

      I agree……..
      no one ever smoked a joint and then went home and beat up their spouse,
      awoke in bed with a stranger…..
      “came out of a blackout” in another STATE
      The hypocrasy here is off the charts.

    10. John says:

      Govt sells and tax the weed. Just think how much money local police would save.

    11. Armed Texan says:

      The DEA and the prison systems are big government businesses, and legalization would hurt them so it won’t happen. Hey libbies, gotta keep growing the government, right?

    12. McBain says:

      Pot would still be considered “smoking”, would it not? Meaning you could not smoke pot in bars or in restaurants.

    13. Magnum says:

      I can’t disagree with Doug. However, if all illegal drugs were suddenly declared legal, the tens of thousands of people whose jobs and careers depend on “fighting the war on drugs” would suddenly be in an uproar and oppose it. I refer to the councilors, law enforcement, lawyers, court staff,etc, etc, etc. Human nature being what it is, people will always agree with a good sounding idea, so long as it doesn’t impact them in a negative manner.

    14. Kendrick1 says:

      Great idea!!! Have you seen the movie “Traffic”, in which Michael Douglas’ South American counterpart gives his country’s solution for rehabilitation of druggies?

    15. GozieBoy says:

      Doug, you ignorant $lut! This will merely continue the incentive for drug smuggling gangs. Typical loony lib Dem approach to life. Tax everything you can possibly think of, and then worry (or, more likely, not worry) about the unintended consequences later!

    16. giant brain says:

      Why should it be taxed heavily?

    17. RJ says:

      Tell ya what? Get all the pot smokers twho want it leagalized here own state and lets see the productivity and how effective and efficient their state goverment operates. And lets then see what their rate of lung cancer is compared to the rest of the non-pot-smoking states. Just because it may have a smaller less damaging record on society than alcohol does not mean it is any less dangerous to your physical and mental health. Yes, you can all tell me about your grandfather who is 95 who still smokes it, but he is not the majority.

      1. Educate yourself before you fart says:

        yes I am and if your an alcoholic 20 years my minor then I probably still look 10 years younger than you do. Own a house, diesil sucking luxury truck, business owner for 17 years, one kid in college….nah ive done pretty well being a lifelong “pothead”….I guess the other benefit is that Im not prone to shooting people and I dont smell like vomit.

    18. Hamish says:

      Our last three presidents have all admitted to having a toke. Bush’s team ran the ludicrous ‘this is the pot you bought from a terrorist’ PSA during a Super Bowl. Whenever I ask my baby boomer older kin about to retire about this subject, I always hear “OMG, could you imagine having to worry about if your doctor or bus driver were stoned” without any thought to the equally relevant “You don’t worry about this with alcohol?” question cropping up? Yeah, I’m really tired of the hypocrisy from all sides on this subject. Last time I checked, Holland was still in existence.

    19. Aaron says:

      Uncle Sam’s horribly obese and bloated body needs to be starved until it’s fat has been consumed.

    20. chris says:

      sounds good, until you consider that in the areas of california that marijuana is basically decriminalized, the crime rate is through the roof.same in vancouver, amsterdam.all the areas where people grow pot, they have to protect their crops with guns.i like guns, but dont want a need to use them frequently you know. i read a report about people having their homes ransacked regularly by people searching for pot.the police cant keep up, so basically nothing is done.which opens up the door to many other crimes.i like pot, but we need to consider the very bad affects on society.i wish it were a simple as legalize it, smoke it, eat cheetos.but its not.

    21. AreYouKiddingMe says:

      That’s what we need more jack holes high on weed driving around. Most people can’t drive as it is; now we get to deal with sock puppets high on pot. Welcome to Maryland the demolition derby state.

      1. pleasethink beforeyoufart says:

        your obviously a blind & ignorant alcoholic

    22. Casey says:

      I live in Colorado where medical marijuana has been approved. Because of this, the state is taking in additional revenue from taxes that we wouldn’t have received otherwise. BEsides, there is much worse out there than pot or alcohol.

    23. Becky Hauser says:

      I agree.

  2. Jason says:

    Dumb. Now people will “make it a double” which is already cheaper than two separate ones. So now people will over drink, leading to more DUI, more drunken behavior. If any tax is passed it needs to be uniform per volume or proof.

    1. Scratch says:

      I would not be surprised in the least to see a “double” taxed twice. If a sixpack of beer is taxed 60 cents, how many “servings” are in a bottle of liquor? You’re easily talking a couple bucks more tax per bottle. And twenty cents for a double at the bar.

  3. old14spice says:

    Its another January and Owemalley with Mike Miller are pondering ways to male marylanders pay! We didnt hear any of this during the election. More new or increased tases are on the way…Food & bottle, Gas, ect ect ect! Owemalleys only solution!

  4. G says:

    Who didn’t see this coming!! Whats next..

  5. Jenn Brooklyn Park MD HON! says:

    Legalize pot i’d be the first in line for my TAX stamp!

  6. Russ says:

    The legistalture needs to figure out ways to stop careless spending programs. The government was never suppose to be the helping hand for everyone. Instead of coming up with creative ideas to tax their citizens come up with ideas to reduce the state budget….. Business learn to deal with less operating revenues will the state needs to come up with a balance budget admenment and stop spending

  7. Russ says:

    I also agree with Jenn from Brooklyn the state wants to tax something then legalize drugs and tax them. There is certainly enough untaxed revenue on the streets of Baltimore to pay for all sorts of social programs for the drug addicts

  8. JIM says:


    1. Sheree Lynn says:

      This is the first comment that makes sense, I fully agree Jim

  9. Michael says:

    Aren’t you glad you voted for O’Mally and hid democrat boys/girls now? It’s comical how as the years go by, Baltimoreans continue to complain about the government and their imposed changed. When the opportunity comes around and they have the opportunity to make a governmental change, they do nothing or just vote along party lines. WAKE UP please. The only electoral vote that we Americans get is in our local and state governments, not federal. People preach get out and “Rock the vote” or what have you during federal campaigns, but seriously, your vote does not count then. Popular vote does not elect a President. It is the popular vote which elects you local county council or your state government.

    Continue voting (or not) along the same path and you will continue to see the same results.

  10. Bill says:

    The Bar And Restuarants are among the hardest hit during these financial times.. Why do the politicians want to slow their recovery even more with these taxes? They will claim the money is going for our children and then spend it however they want.

  11. Hermann Meyer says:

    Everybody should understand that:
    – We are all passive drinkers, as the World Health Organization tells us. We suffer under reduced life quality and pay the whole life long terrific amounts for social costs because of alcohol.
    – Alcohol taxes are very low and do not cover the social costs. By inflation it gets always cheaper. Since 1972!
    – Higher prices mean less harm from alcohol, less social costs: savings.
    – Those who drink moderately or not at all have the most profit. No or little more taxes and the lot of profit.
    – Taxes should be combined with inflation annualy.

    1. Greg says:

      Right on! Let’s legislate morality thru higher taxes! Those SINNERS!

    2. liberty says:

      herman, you are part of the problem

    3. GoldenRudy says:

      Herman … lay off the bottle will ya? WHO … really? You buy global warming too, no doubt. The WHO would like the USA to send all of its money to them so they can make us 100% healthy.

  12. MMD says:

    Balto. City, P.G. and Montgomery Counties. Cosmic justice so well deserved!!!

  13. MMD says:

    Maybe next Annapolis will start imposing taxes on buying lottery tickets and sfratch offs. Kindda of hits you where you live, doesn’t it.

  14. Amanda says:

    Evil totalitarians.

  15. Joe Sanders says:

    Hahaha us smokers are laughing now… they are coming for your booze now.. lol Welcome to Obamacare.. hahahaha

    1. Jack says:

      Joe, where’s your brain? The 10 cents a drink tax has nothing to do with Obama care.

    2. LaughingOutLoud says:

      SECOND THAT JOE! I am smoker and find this too funny….Oh yeah tax the Booze and they should also raise taxes on them snacks alittle more. Still better yet, the FAST FOOD….Still too many morbidly obese people ! Look how many fatties they could profit off of???

  16. GIL says:

    next it will be coffee, next tea, next soft drinks,next milk, next coco, next candy bars, next water, then toothpaste—where do we stop???????????

    1. Michelle's Diet says:

      Yes! All those sin taxes! Don’t forget fat, sugar, etc…! Then, lets get to the vegetables and pasta, rice….

  17. wilson says:

    Why stop there? Hit the drinkers with a 50-cent per drink tax….as a starting point!

    Maybe it’ll help cut down on domestic violence, teen drinking, maming and deaths on our roadways, and other crimes.

    If higher taxes on smokes will cause people to quit, maybe higher taxes on booze will result in less alcoholics.

    1. Lori says:

      How will it cut down on teen drinking?

    2. TEA 4 ME says:

      Why stop there? Let’s tax the heck out of water too! Our government needs revenue!

  18. Don Hinds says:

    This may be a “dime a drink”, but it’s actually a tax increase of several hundred percent. It will also clobber microbreweries and small wine makers across the state of Maryland. But what’s a few jobs lost compared to the social justice that will result from this bill? Those few losers can just go on unemployment, right?

  19. Dougs wrong says:

    Ah yes, the old “let’s tax pot” argument. How in the world can anyone tax something that is as easy to grow as a houseplant? The moment the legalize it, everyone grows it for their own use, and how would they tax you on something you are growing in your own house? I guess we could suggest then, that the govt has the right to enter house to check if anyone is growing it… for “taxing”purposes. They should stick with making it illegal if they want more revenue, at least that way they make money on the fines. You potheads need a better argument for pot rather than, ‘let’s tax it”. Besides, the pothead “laugh” is annoying as all get out.

    1. Chris says:

      Cannabis is much more difficult to grow indoors than a houseplant. Special lights, and light/dark times need to be controlled to induce flowering (growing of buds). It would be WAY easier for the average person to go to the store to acquire various professionally grown strains.

  20. Al Hates O.Malley says:

    Martin O’Taxme back to his old tricks.

    1. LaughingOutLoud says:

      Hey Al, Don’t ya mean “OWE-MALLEY”?

  21. WyoDutch says:

    Thank the Good Lord for putting so many miles between me in Wyoming the crackpots in the greedy Eastern states.

  22. DavosSherman says:

    All the money we make from January 1 until August 15th goes to taxes.

    These people fail to understand that consumers can not consume with 4 1/2 months of income. Wages that are flat – as in wages haven’t gone up since the 1970s.

    Tax people all you want – the economy WILL circle the drain, unemployment will rise above the existing 22%.

    1. Mathlete says:

      I assume you mean April 15th? That sounds about right.

  23. Mike says:

    That’s what we Tennesseans call a “sin tax”.

  24. sans culottes says:

    Time for a tax strike. Buy no liquor wine or beer in Maryland during the 90 day legislative session. Stock up in Delaware, Virginia ,PA, or DC. Order iced tea in restaurants – Let’s go tea-baggin!
    V for Vendetta.

  25. Jlou says:

    They hope to raise money by putting a tax on an item. By putting the tax on the item, they hope people will purchase less of it. What kind of stupid math is that? Oh, yeah, LIBERAL Math…

  26. F. Darr says:

    Unbelievable. Somebody really thinks that another dime will make any difference to the guy who now can only drink 17 beers instead of 18, because he’s $1.70 short? True genius….

  27. dorshiitte says:

    Pls raise the taxes high, i feel the BOOTLEG times a coming, i’ll be rich in no time,hahahaha

  28. Otown Right Guy says:

    This is why I left Maryland for Florida. Communists and fascists in Annapolis taxing and regulating everything to death. I can buy beer at a grocery store in Florida because we don’t have all of the nanny staters. We also don’t have as many democrats like you do in your corrupt one party people’s republic. What a joke! Why would any productive person stay in MD? Leave it to the welfare queens, government union employees, and other parasites and get the hell out of there!

    1. Jack says:

      I’ll bet you’re really missed.

    2. Patriot says:

      There is more to life than buying beer at a grocery store. Its nice to spend a week at the beach in February but overall, Maryland affords a much higher quality of life. For most people, your potential earning power in MD more than makes up for the higher cost of living. Despite an urban underclass, MD is the most highly educated state in the nation. If the good ol boys in FL ever lose their ability to suppress the vote, you will quickly discover Floridians aren’t so conservative after all, they are just parasites that like the heat and humidity.

      1. Dale Dribble says:

        I’m going to be nice and just agree rather than inviting comparisons between the citizenry and insect populations🙂

      2. SerfOfObama says:

        Lol, nice try there, “Patriot”. Must’ve done a LOT of “suppressing” to end up with a landslide US Senate race and veto-proof GOP majorities in both houses of the legislature.

  29. Mike from MN says:

    … and bars in states sharing a border with MD celebrate… BTW, $0.10/drink is just the beginning. Is taxing air next?

    1. TEA 4 ME says:

      No, it is vegetables, then water.

    2. GozieBoy says:

      Like Obamacare requires everyone to buy health insurance, the loony lib Dems will next tax living. If you are alive, then you owe the Obamanation “$20,000” a year (separate from FIT or FICA) for the mere privilege of living (or their death panels will take care of you!). Don’t laugh…

  30. Stalin says:

    I hope you enjoy your new totalitarian government.

  31. howdy from md says:

    Hey… Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania are not that far away to buy from out of state. F.U. Maryland

  32. Big Dog says:

    Buy your alcohol in neighboring states that do not have taxes (or where they are lower).

    1. Jack says:

      That makes sense. When you’re sitting down to a big platter of steamed crabs in Middle River next summer, run on up to PA for a beer that’s going to be 10 cents cheaper.

  33. Stop Taixing Martin! says:

    As I recall, when OMoretax, I men OMalley, raised the sales tax…tax revenues went down, NO MORE TAXES MARTIN!.
    MD gets lots of business/taxes from put of state buyers. That will stop if they raise the tax and result in less revenue to the state.

  34. Jones says:

    The People’s Republic of Maryland will not rest until it taxes you people to death

    and you people keep voting for the politicians that eat out your very existence

    that makes you complicit in your misery

  35. ReConUSMC says:

    The Tax problem in a nut shall in MD ?
    24.3 % of all Black Males and Females have no Jobs .
    6 % are in jail or Prison.
    71 % of Kids are born without paying dads .
    51 % don’t pass the 10Th grade . or have minimum job skills .

  36. Bob says:

    It costs every taxpaying household in Maryland $790.00 every year to incarcerate, medicate, and educate illegal aliens in our state. That’s more than $1,400,000,000.00 every year from our pockets and bank accounts. Last year, the governor and legislature also took $2,400,000.00 more of our money and gave it to CASA de Maryland, a non-government group that gives that money and what it buys to illegal aliens. The tax from drinks will go to the general fund, where the money can be spent on anything that the governor, the legislature, and the bureaucrats wish. Dang, you voters are SMART!

    1. Jack says:

      So Bob, what do you propose to do with the illegal people now living in the Free State? Should they be deported? If so how? You are very vocal in complaining about the costs, but how would YOU solve the problem?

      1. ReConUSMC says:

        You simply cary out our long time Laws and rules already on the books .
        Illegal wrote Teddy Roosevelt is Illegal .
        Quote .You either honor our rules laws and traditions and learn English or we will deport you . Living in America is a Privilege .That is why you came here .
        Cutting off all Welfare would get them headed south in a NY second .
        Our problem is our uneducated and unskilled workers in America no longer want to work hard jobs ruined by welfare and Entitlements themselves .
        Most hard Labor jobs are no longer done by Americans in need sadly .

      2. SerfOfObama says:

        This problem could be eliminated tomorrow by the withholding of all federal funds from all sanctuary states and cities. Dems had no problem whatsoever using the same strongarm tactic to force stupidity like the 55mph national speed limit and ridiculous seatbelt laws on all the states.

    2. LaughingOutLoud says:

      I have one question… many people here on this site are whining about these proposed new taxes who voted for O’Malley? Like ya didn’t see it coming? He has always been about giving money that they don’t have and raise taxes afterwards…you know to keep the A+ bond rating. You haven’t seen anything yet…keep watching. Make sure you get out and give hime your vote next time too.
      I totally agree with Bob’s comment. O’Malley kept saying we need to move the state forward. Unfortunately he must have meant only for the “NEW AMERICANS”.

  37. Bob says:

    Response forthcoming – have to write it first on Word and transfer to this forum.

  38. ReConUSMC says:

    All States in America with Huge Black Majority populated cites have the same Problems as well as do west coast Illegal heavily over populated cities like LA .
    For every Million dollars of taxes … paid to Welfare sub-sized entitlements programs they receive in those cities .
    The Govt. get’s back Peanuts in Tax revenue dollars .
    Detroit is a perfect example . The State of Michigan gets back $1.6 dollars received back on every $10 dollars paid into the Detroit welfare system …
    The hated top 10 % by the left and blacks pay the enter cities welfare and entitlement bills just for the record .

  39. Thomas says:

    As a Maryland resident who does service work and travels to at least one neighboring state a week I already buy all my appliances and furniture in Delaware because they have no state sales tax. I buy my wife’s cigarettes in Virginia for I save $20.00 in Md. State taxes on every carton. Now, I will just have to check out the prices of beer in Pa., Va., and De, and decide who gets that business from this point forward. I view it as a blow for liberty every time I beat Maryland out of tax money. I am sick of the Axis of Taxes (O’Malley, Busch, and Miller) in Annapolis. My parents are in their mid-80’s and that is the only factor holding me in this state. As soon as possible I am moving to Virginia which is not a dictatorship of one party.

    1. Taxman says:

      you should view it as a crime. You are obligated to submit a use tax on major appliances which you purchase out of state for use in Maryland. Wonder if you wrote this from your home computer so that the State can track you down.

      1. jmmejzz says:

        Ironically you make Thomas’ point, the overbearing state of Md is losing revenue…and makes defiance illegal.

      2. scotty says:

        The State would have to hire someone with a brain to figure that out!

      3. FedUpwtheFed says:

        LOL. Point and case, Taxman, point and case…

        I certainly hope that I can leave Maryland soon. Sigh. Too bad my family and I just bought a house near Annapolis for the purpose of jobs (laughable), and now there are bombs going off and skyrocketing taxes and prices on everything. I wonder every day what I’ve done bringing my children into this world with all of this garbage going on.

        So, O’Malley and company, keep raising taxes, writing more bills to take away our freedoms, giving our tax dollars to the blacks in Baltimore, P.G. County, and Montgomery County, and supporting all of the illegals in Maryland until eventually the middle class runs out of money for you to tax. Then what will you do? What’s left to tax when you’ve taken it all? Well, I guess there’s alcohol! Go for it!

        I’m just disgusted and tired.

    2. scotty says:

      I would try New Hampshire they do not have any sales tax on the sin Drinks

    3. FedUpwtheFed says:

      Thomas, good point. My parents live in Delaware and we try the best we can to get most things there because they don’t have sales tax and it usually ends up saving us a few thousand dollars over the course of a year. The only problem is that Delaware has the same problems that Maryland has with liberals in control of most everything, with the exception of the State Senate in which Dave Lawson just had an amazing victory over career crook Nancy Cook. I’m just so sick of all of these taxes. My wife and I compared our property taxes to my parents this past year (they have 18 acres and we .02 of an acre) and we pay nearly triple what they paid in property taxes last year. Not to mention the outrageous cost of homes west of the Bay Bridge vs. my parents side. If we could have handled the commute every day, we could saved easily $140k on a home of the exact same size or more with much more land.

      End Rant/

  40. Another Doug says:

    I will absolutely stock up in Delaware at Costco rather than give these thieves one cent of my money.

    1. don says:

      Excellent idea! Neuter those Annapolis Libs Do whatever it takes to limit the scoundrels from wasting your money away. Eventually, MD will collapse like CA and NY inevitably will because of their high unsustainable taxes.

  41. Bob says:

    Tried to leave response, but it has not shown up as yet. Maybe too long? If so, I’ll post in segments.

  42. Fred says:

    not a problem one less item i’ll buy in Maryland, I get my cigs in Virgina for 38.00 a carton i’ll buy my drinks in Delaware where its cheaper. Thank You DemocRATs for killing a great state

    1. Gil Richardson says:

      Just received a letter from Comptroller of MD charges us $2 per pack MD tax for cigs purchased in VA totals a whopping $305.00!!

  43. Bob says:

    1. Require employers to participate in the 99.87% accurate, free, online federal E-Verify program that determines the legality of an individual’s employment,

    2. Prosecute, both criminally and administratively, any employer who knowingly employs an illegal alien,

    3. Require that housing rental offices and financial institutions also participate in E-Verify and prosecute violators,

    1. don says:

      Ya know BOB, you sound like me on another forum. I really get tired and frustrated dealing with brain dead open borders morons. ENFORCE THE LAWS!! Don’t handcuff states like Obama and his DOJ does. (Google Obama, Supreme Court, Employee Sanctions Law). PROSECUTE & IMPRISON those that knowingly hire illegal aliens.

  44. Bob says:

    4. Require that the legal presence in the United States of every person arrested for any offense is determined prior to release from confinement during booking and immediately after charging or, if already incarcerated, prior to release from incarceration. Turn over to DHS-ICE any illegal alien,

  45. Bob says:

    5. Stop issuing driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards to illegal aliens.

  46. Bob says:

    6. Stop funding CASA de Maryland and like groups with taxpayers’ money,

  47. Bob says:

    7. Have the Maryland State Police and other law enforcement agencies participate in the federal immigration 287G program, available for the asking at no cost to the state.

  48. Bob says:

    This program allows state and local law enforcement officers to initiate status investigations , determine legal presence, and when appropriate, initiate deportation proceedings for arrestees,

  49. Bob says:

    This program allows state and local law enforcement officers to initiate status investigations,

  50. Bob says:

    determine legal presence, and when appropriate, initiate deportation proceedings for arrestees,

  51. Bob says:

    8. Make public notification of these policies, (and watch the results of just the notification, not to mention the eventual implementation),

  52. Bob says:

    and I could go on and on.

    By the way, NONE of these suggestions would require the state legislature to change a single law (even #5, which could be brought about by internal promulgation of policy by the Maryland Department of Transportation.)

  53. Bob says:

    Anyone able to tell me the benefits to our state of welcoming, even inviting through policy, illegal aliens?

    End of message – FINALLY!

  54. BobD45 says:

    Why only a “dime”? Why not $1? Think of all the help the GOVERNMENT can then provide to alcoholics. Once we see the GOVERNMENT’s help to alcoholics is successful, then we can raise it to, say $10 a drink. Gee, the GOVERNMENT is great! The Nanny State is THE solution to all problems, don’t you know?

  55. Skip E. says:

    Why don’t they come up with a “Dime a Dumb Idea” Then O’Malley could fork out $785,980.10 toward the deficit he made.

  56. Samuel Adams says:

    Looks like I’ll be traveling to DE, PA and VA for alcohol. Luckily I travel there a lot.

  57. Alan Edwards says:

    I’m glad this tax will really sick it to the rich and not us in the middle class. Just like cig taxes, sales taxes, etc. What a joke. STOP THE SPENDING!!!!

  58. Greg says:

    I am so sick and tired of these politicians that think they know what is best for everyone and punish us like children based on how we behave!

    If I want to drink I should not be taxed more than anyone else! This is America, damn it. This is a free country! Is it not? If you are punished with taxes based on what you do in your personal life then that is not freedom!

    Maryland just raised the sales tax. When was the last time the Maryland government ever cut back? Can anyone tell me that? They always want more and more from us.

    Any state legislator that votes for this can go to hell and I will donate everything I can spare to whoever his opponent is and everyone else should do the same. I am tired of busybody arrogant politicians like these!

  59. Kevin says:

    Tax everything please. Oh yeah, the “free” US, state and local governments pretty much already do….

  60. Paul says:

    Why is it every time someone talks about legalizing pot it comes with levying high taxes on it. Why not just legalize it and forget about the taxes?

  61. J.P. says:

    My problem with any new tax like on alcohol…will it ever go away then? If the budget is balanced and funded, will they keep the tax going? Here’s another tax they could do, tax on ketchup because ketchup is not really needed and it’s just extra calories which in the end increases obesity. I know silly, but it’s just another tax on everyone that will never go away.

    1. Dan says:

      Don’t give them any ideas…

  62. Mike - leaving ASAP says:

    I used to love this state. But now, Sanctuary State (CASA de BS), high income taxes, high property taxes, no Concealed Carry, no right to defend yourself, even in your home you are supposed to go hide and get robbed, tons of leeches on welfare, emissions testing rip-off, increased sales taxes, taxes on anything and everything, fees on the rest. And now we get a dime a drink? For what, to pay something off? NO. To spend more. Does this surprise you, coming after an election? When are the people finally going to wise up and vote real change for a change? You elect the same greedy bought-and-sold two-faced elitist shills that keep running the state into the ground. Get involved in the primaries and put in people that are not party hacks. This state is held hostage to the Baltimore/Montgomery/Prince Georges welfare s-hole that votes to keep their “free” checks coming. If I ever get the chance to be able to sell my house, I am going to get the hell out of here. I will give up everything I am familiar with, all the things I love about here like OC, Crabs, and the Bay, and all the conveniences of living in Maryland to live somewhere where I can breathe with a little more freedom. Sooo sad.

  63. Michael says:

    Letting spooks vote has been the downfall of Maryland and the United States.

  64. jennfromBROOKLYN PARK says:

    Seriously?!! Mostly everyones reaction is “i’ll do VA,PA,DL ok so there has been talks of gas prices rising to nearing $5.00 by the end of the year!!! WHERE DOES THE SAVE COME IN AT!! WE NEED TO WORK FOR US HERE IN MARYLAND NOW!

  65. Conservative says:

    Taxing a certain product is government social control and is very immoral. The government shouldn’t be telling you what to put in your body because it doesn’t own your body. It shouldn’t be banning things like marijuana and it shouldn’t be taxing things like alcohol.

    When will freedom come back to America? Wake up people.

  66. chris says:

    Hey state, here’s an idea: REDUCE SPENDING!

  67. Mark says:

    When will you idiots in the MD legislature learn? you continue to tax you will continue to drive people and buisness out of your state.

  68. Twinstick says:


    Don’t worry… We’ll get to you schmucks in just a minute…

  69. Marty says:

    Hmmmm….Why not reduce spending on frivolous BS instead of raising taxes? Wow! What a concept!

  70. John says:

    Hey, let’s not forget Baltimore’s new bottle tax!

    1. sans culottes says:

      Yeah, how’s THAT working out for them? Buy in Delaware when you can. V for Vendetta!

  71. Mike says:

    Let’s face it. The government would call for a “dime-a-square tax” on toilet paper; if they could get away with it.

  72. BrotherWE says:

    How about taxing our politicians at twice the rate of the general population for all income, goods and services. Then they would think twice about any new tax increases and how it effects the general population. Taxes are a “death by a thousand cuts”.

  73. dbwd says:

    Tax gasoline used in luxury boats on the Chesapeake and you’ll make much more.
    Tax the vacation homes and condos.

    But no; go after the traditional vice of choice for the non-well-to-do.

  74. Pete says:

    Maryland could tax the use of marijuana without legalizing it. The state could sell a tax stamp for small amounts. If someone gets popped during a traffic stop, there are two potential violations, 1) possession of pot and 2) not having a valid tax stamp. Chances are overwhelming only the latter would be charged, and not in the case of an individual having a valid prescription. The state wouldn’t be endorsing or encouraging its use. Sorry idf this doesn’t make a lot of sense, I am as high as a kite right now.

  75. BrotherWE says:

    How about requiring the government to supply only the bear necessities, such as sanitation, education, public safety, and most important OPPORTUNITY! Then with most of our income intact, we should be fending for ourselves. The government shouldn’t be giving away my money. I should be doing that guided by my own conscience.


  76. Bill says:

    I stopped drinking 2 years ago because beer became too expensive. I HATE LIBERALS

  77. skip727 says:

    Why not tax stupidity. We all know who would be the highest contributors to that tax, don’t we? The names Martin, Mike and Michael come to mind first.

  78. Mike says:

    I think we should tax liberals on a daily basis. Everyday they stay a liberal, and are a menace to America, we should tax them ten dollars. If still a liberal after one year, they should be deported to N. Korea.

    1. SerfOfObama says:

      Mike For President!

  79. Hank Warren says:

    Endless taxation, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  80. Joe says:

    “Alcohol excise tax is a win-win for the state. They provide much needed revenue, and reduce alcohol consumption and related problems,” said David Jernigan, Johns Hopkins professor.

    Really Mr. Egghead? The revenue will likely go to expand exesting programs or create new ones that the State cannot afford. As for the reduced consumption & related problems I think not. A dime a drink won’t turn anyone away, which is what the State is counting on; increase the cost too much & we’ll end up with boot leggers and a whole new wave of kennedys.

  81. Rick Reed says:

    How about they CUT STATE EMPLOYEES pay ten cents an hour. ENOUGH TAXES without STOPPING YOUR SPENDING!!!!! TAX stupidity, there’s a money maker.

    1. SerfOfObama says:

      Better yet, cut it TO ten cents an hour. They’d still be overpaid but it’d be a big step in the right direction.

  82. anti O (obama and o'malley) says:

    Welcome to the Socialist Republic of Maryland————-more money to give to casa de maryland to invite more ILLEGALS to the sanctuary state of Maryland!!!

  83. blkthorn says:

    and they cal it the free State.more like the welfare state. we need to take care all of them Gov. brest feeders.

  84. Bill says:

    Please don’t tell me that you didn’t see this coming. This is amusing on a number of fronts. The Peoples Republic of Maryland is a nanny state. The progressive liberals feel the need to control every aspect of your life. Alcohol and cigarettes have a negative effect on the “health care system” so the “adults” need to modify your behavior through new taxes. It is just a smokescreen for the O’Malley administration to find new revenue sources instead of cutting spending like most responsible states are doing. Those who voted for this fool are in for a big surprise when they increase the state income tax once again.

  85. B-dawg says:

    I guess I’ll be going to Virginia to buy my booze. I live close enough. Now, Maryland will lose out on my sales tax, PLUS the new tax. I guarantee this will raise no where near $215 million per year. Keep raising taxes. Keep pusing people out of Maryland.

    1. SerfOfObama says:

      Don’t forget to buy your GAS there too. Sic Semper Tyrannis!

  86. Joe Grum says:

    Why doesn’t this article mention the much higher tax increases on wine and spirits?

    “Bills filed in both the House of Delegates (HB 832) and the state Senate (SB 717) would raise the alcohol tax from $1.50 to $10.03 per gallon for distilled spirits, from 40 cents to $2.96 per gallon for wine, and from 9 cents to $1.16 per gallon for beer.”

    “Dime a Drink” is Newspeak.

  87. Dadaspider says:

    Used to live in a similar nanny state with unlimited excuses to raise your taxes in New England. Up and moved our businesses and two incomes/no kids self to Fl and Louisiana. What a relief. Politicians who think they can continually nickle and dime people to death and they wont move because “our state is beautiful and offers a high quality of living” are truly delusional. New states, equally as beautiful, and more money in our pockets that we now spend in another state (happily). The Gulf coast from Fl to Texas is where most new businesses and opportunities will occur in the next ten years. (PS: our property taxes have gone down 32% in the last three years and we still have one of the best school districts in the state. City learned to cut expenses and live within their means).

  88. Armed Texan says:

    “For light to moderate drinkers, the tax would amount to only $10.83 per year.”

    $10.83 is the tax increase on about 100 drinks. So is the author claiming that a moderate drinker only consumes about 2 drinks per week? Sounds like hogwash to me! A person who consumes one drink per day will pay an additional $40 per year.

    There are three kinds of BS, and they are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Liberal journalists know how to twist statistics like an illegal alien knows how to swim. But why should anyone be surprised? This is what happens when you trust a liberal to tell you the truth about how much more tax their new law will cost everyone else but them.

    1. Mune Shadowe says:

      Well Said!

  89. james says:

    I want a new tax on cell phones and other PDA devices , now that would be good

  90. Kremz says:

    Yes it will raise some nice funds, but don’t try to get righteous on us and say that the reason for this is to help reduce alcoholism and alcohol related incidents, that is TOTAL BS. Give me a break. 10 cents is not going to deter anyone from getting that last unneeded beer or shot.

    Just fess up and say this is to raise money, but don’t insult us by saying you’re doing society a favor. Want to help alcohol related issues? Do some real lawmaking and put some money into the right programs. This is fundraising.

  91. smokehouse56 says:

    That’s all we need. More money for politicans to spend to get elected again.

  92. Dave says:

    Not that big an issue for me, I can just buy it when I head over to Delaware like I do everything else.

  93. TheMDminority says:

    More sin tax BS to support social welfare programs from the great thinkers in the Maryland Democratic Party. Going to Hopkins doesn’t make you a smart guy any more than graduating at the bottom of your medical school class makes you a “doctor”.

  94. Joeblow says:

    They can charge $500 a bottle, doesn’t bother me. I make my own alcohol for as little as $2 a gallon or a little more for higher quality stuff. Alcohol and Tobacco prices will keep rising, the government is broke and knows they can always raise taxes on these things and justify it as sin tax. You can get an electronic cigarette to avoid tobacco taxes, but I have heard they are going to ban these in the U.S. soon. As for pot it is to easy to grow yourself. The government makes more money in fines then they could selling it with heavy taxes. Don’t believe for a second the government gives a damn about your health. Its all about the money to keep the ever growing out of control machine going.

    1. Mune Shadowe says:

      You got it!

    2. GozieBoy says:

      You blew it Joe! They will now heavily tax home brewers/distillers and the ingrediants and equipment to make it. Just wait until you see the tax on hops…! AND they will come to visit you to see what you are up to in your basement! Don’t laugh…big brother (or sis) is on their way!

  95. jac says:

    Get it from Sheila Dixon.

  96. Luke Burgess says:

    I drink. So I’ll pay the tax. But it’s tax on a nonessential. And even though I’d prefer no tax hikes, I’d rather the government tax a nonessential like alcohol than something like food and water.

  97. Mune Shadowe says:

    They tax it when it is made, they tax it when it is transported, they tax it when it stored, they tax it when it is purchased and now they want to tax it when it is consumed, what else is new? Until people are willing to do something about it shut up and pay your taxes.

    1. Free the Grapes & Barley says:

      If Maryland could figure out a way to tax you when you pee it out, they would.

      1. sans culottes says:

        They have. It’s called the flush tax. Pee for pendetta

    2. Mike says:

      95% of our governemnt is nonessential…..let’s start with reducing spending first.

      1. Pat says:

        Agreed!!! Cut the government budget until everything grinds to a halt, then give back a few bucks to get essential services running. Viola, efficiency. Government employees have no concept of budgeting. Wasteful, dull-minded, and ignorant. They just spend everything they’re given and keep demanding more.

        Anytime you suggest they tighten their belt they threaten to fire the beat cops and teachers. Huh? How about the million useless bureaucrats? There are hundreds of thousands of government employees to be fired before they get to cops, teachers, or emergency responders. It’s all scare tactics.

  98. scotty says:

    With the new tax on each drink how long will it be before customers start asking for doubles and triple shots and only pay for one drink. I think the new tax will incourage heavier drinking ???

  99. Blue Dog says:

    Where does $10.83 per year come from? If one has two drinks per day, as is the recommended amount for adult men, then the amount comes to $73 per year. (2 x .10 x 365 = $73

  100. Kc Truby says:

    That is exactly what cigarette tax was in the beginning. Within 5 years this tax will be $1.00 per drink and tens of thousands of wait staff and resturant owners will loose customers once again as our dear govt. modifys our behaviour with the tax code.

  101. Lilith says:

    I once lived in White Hall. I decided to move back to Virginia and live in a conservative area again. You people in Maryland ( I love the state) but you continue to vote liberal, and now, you reap what you sow. lol

  102. BreezyDog says:

    Time to learn the fine art of still making…I always wanted to make my own hooch.

  103. WeThePeople says:

    For light to moderate drinkers, the tax would amount to only $10.83 per year.

    It is not only $10.83 per year!!!!

    it is another $10.83 per year!

    Give an Inch, TAKE a MILE!

    they have to be stopped. And soon. Or the entire economy of the U.S. will go underground.
    Then they will get nothing. and we will go under.

  104. GozieBoy says:

    “The last time Maryland raised the tax on alcohol was in 1972.” I’m not an expert on Maryland’s alcohol tax regime, but if it is like most, it is a percent of the sales price. Therefore, it automatically rises with inflation. Typical loony lib Dem thought process: tax RATES should regularly rise, and if the rate does not increase, then somehow that is equated with taxes not increasing! Idiot libs…

  105. Mike says:

    10 cents this year, 20 the next and so on. This is about liberty, not money to the precious oligarchs on the bay. remember cigarrettes and their ‘modest” taxes at the start. This is about the patricians controlling the plebians, as these taxes will never affect the wealthier but only limit the freedom of the working schlubbs. Welfare recipients whom will now be spending more of OUR money in taxes, will now get a raise to “cover” the increase, lol. It’s all for you health and safety though ,so it’s OK, LOL!

  106. Free the Grapes & Barley says:

    Even more reason for me to cross the river and buy my alcohol in Virginia. Maryland already had a bunch of stupid laws governing alcohol purchasing, shipping, etc. Given that Maryland is a small state, and borders 4 other states, plus DC, many of which have much lower “sin” taxes (Delaware has no sales tax at all), the Maryland Assembly will not see as much revenue as they expect. More people will just buy their beer, wine and spirits in other places and avoid Maryland completely.

  107. Cj says:

    DC and VA are a few minutes away, so off to their bars Marylanders will go.

    1. Free the Grapes & Barley says:

      Same for everyone living near WVa, PA and especially Delaware.

      1. sans culottes says:

        Don’t buy drinks in Malryland restaurants while the state assembly is in its 90 day session.

        V for Vendetta!

  108. Raised Glass says:

    I did the math. It would cost me $252.00/year. Glad I don’t live there otherwise I’d brew my own.

  109. Dave R. says:

    I plan on getting my booze from accross the state lines. Thank the governor for another revenue killing tax !

    1. Pat says:

      Same here. how stupid do they think people are? Only a few places in MD that aren’t a short ride to to the state line.

      Now they’ll have to raise taxes on gas to make it more expensive to drive.

      Or maybe raid tax money (again) to turn all roads leaving the state into hefty toll roads for all eternity.

  110. Moe says:

    Just one more reason to stay out of Maryland.

    1. sans culottes says:

      come for the crime. Stay for the taxes. baltimore – Get in on it!

      V for Vendetta!

  111. kbworkman says:

    And people ask me why I will never move back to Maryland.

    Why do they always need more tax mony?

    Maybe because they have more and more people who don’t pay taxes but are “ENTITLED” to everything at no cost.

    Becoming a haven state for illegal aliens and supporting the from the public trough is expensive.

    1. Ali Khatt says:

      Maintaining a sanctuary state is expensive.

  112. Aunt Bee says:

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken

  113. FNTM says:

    Thank goodness Maryland isn’t aht big astate. People can and will drive a bit to drink elsewhere. I do feel sorry for the abrkeepers though. Shame.

    1. sans culottes says:

      America in Ministure. You are correct in pointing out that a Marylander is seldom more than an hour away from a bordering jurisdiction. Don’t buy drinks in Maryland while the legislature is in its 90 day session. Send ’em a message.

      V for Vendetta!

  114. Anon. says:

    This is hypocrisy. It is NOT the government’s role to tell us what is good and bad for us, and they SURE AS HELL SHOULD NOT PROFIT FROM PRODUCTS THEY DECIDE ARE BAD FOR US.

    You want to discuss nanny state? This is it. Period.

  115. brandon says:

    keep raising taxes on alcohol and we’ll just switch to crack

    1. Ali Khatt says:

      They probably would not care if they could tax crack.

  116. Joe Jericho says:

    44% of people there do not drink? Maybe that is the problem with your state…too many uptight people.

  117. jb80538 says:

    good grief! If you get down to it as it is right now, alcohol is already taxed fairly heavily. When you make a purchase of that 6 pack or bottle of your favorite spirit, you not only pay that tax as part of the purchase price, but you also pay sales tax on the entire price. You’re paying tax on tax! Double taxation.

  118. Bob says:

    I am so glad I moved out of Maryland several years ago. Those who want ever increasing taxes are obviously those who pay no taxes. Sooner or later people, you will run out of other people’s money. That’s when you take to the streets and destroy the towns and cities. Scream and yell like little children whose toys have been taken away. You are disgusting…

  119. RightIsWrong says:

    Good thing Boehner is from Ohio and not Maryland or this tax hike would drive him to the poor house. Crying the whole way, one would imagine.

    1. Douglas Fletcher says:

      What’s it like to be so stupid as you are?

      1. Jack says:

        John Boehner is just a drunk who can cry when he drinks just a little too much wine. The next two years are going to be interesting.

  120. Douglas Fletcher says:

    Maryland is a beautiful state but it’s filled with idiots who love raising taxes. Just the kind of thing that’s make you drink and now they want to up the taxes on that too.

  121. commie_hater says:

    Let the streets of Maryland flow with blood.

    1. Jack says:

      You sound like a really educated person.

  122. ertdfg says:

    Hooray, lets raise costs on restaurants and bars and run them out of business… for the economy!

    Because nothing helps in times of economic trouble like raising costs on business and driving them out of business. Once their employees are unemployed then we’ll pick a new sector of the economy to “fix”.

    Once we have everyone unemployed everyone’s income will be perfectly equal.

    1. jack says:

      If the manufacturer raised prices a dime or so, you would have no problem paying it. But oh good lord it’s a tax, so it must be evil. Just pay it already, and stop whining like a little schoolgirl republican.

      1. Pat says:

        If you want to pay more taxes, feel free. Nobody’s stopping you. As for me, I’ll hop over the state line and save my money to spend on things that are important to me. Maintaining a cadre of a billion redundant, lazy, arrogant government employees isn’t on my priority list. Sorry, Jack… go leech off someone else.

  123. freedomfighter says:

    All this is, is taxation without representation!!! This is why we had the 1st revolution!!!! Cut out all of thr freebies the Illeagles getacross this country, stop encouraging unemployment, stop pork barrell spending on BS pet projects, end ALL entitlement programs. Then we might be able to save ourselves from our political correct selves. Oh yeah one more thing government, GET OUT OF MY LIFE!!!!!!! I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF, I can brew my own beer and grow my own weed if I should CHOOSE too!!!!!!!

  124. bp says:

    Maryland is too small of a state, people will just have it brought in from another state

  125. hrdcore says:

    governments do not have an income problem they have a spending problem. With all the taxes they get already they need even more…..And in Maryland the voters in Baltimore and surrounding counties can/t get enough….

    1. Jack says:

      What services are you willing to give up so your taxes can be lowered?

      1. Pat says:

        All of them.

        Now – what taxes are you willing to stop taking from other people to fund the charities that you think other people should fund?

  126. Fred Garvin says:

    I’m kind of shocked at how easily people shrug off money grabs by organizations that can’t control their habit, which in this case is the State of MD government. Would you give an obviously drunk alcoholic $5 so they can get another drink? $100 to a crack addict outside a crack house? This is insane. My guess is that most of us changed our spending habits when the economy soured. Why shouldn’t the government do the same? After all, the more money they take from us, the less we have, and as individuals, we use our money much more efficiently, which ultimately helps economies to grow, not contract.

  127. Harleyrider Davidson says:

    So now we know why 2 bombs were sent to the govenor today!!!!!

    Probably a non-smoker get a feel of the anal exam smokers got when taxes went up and the smoking ban came in! We warned ya,theyd get you too!!!!

  128. Harleyrider Davidson says:

    It appears whiskey stills will make a come back!!

  129. Zorki says:

    Good for Maryland. It’s about time someone besides smokers get their sin taxes increased. Alcohol does more damage to society both medically and socially but has been given a free pass because all the “centers of influence.” approve of it.

  130. Juan Garcia says:

    . Maryland is overpopulated with government employees. If you work for the government ,(city, state, federal), no tax is bad! Maryland is no place for private enterprise.

  131. Bob says:

    I recently asked my friends’ little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President of the United States. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there. So I asked her, “If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?” She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people!” Her parents beamed.

    “Wow…what a worthy goal,” I told her. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my driveway, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”

    She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

    I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”

    Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.

  132. Eddie says:

    MORONS. for whatever tax money can be gained from Pot will be CRUSHED under the cost and weight of the MEDICAL Costs and insurance because despite what you THINK, POT is MUCH worse for the human body than filtered tobacco. 2 billion of revenue vs 250 billion medical costs. Do you think the people who have insurance and take care of their families are heavy in Pot. No it is the people who generally get handouts. so once again, I who do not smoke will pay for the people who do. See, you do not think of the consequences, liberals of YOUR actions towards others. get past 1st grade, then come try to convince me.

  133. Kevin says:

    This new tax will lead to less revenue not more. VA and DE already have significantly lower beer and wine retail cost and those that don’t already load up out of state will be driven to do so by this new tax. Enough people work near those other states to make this option a reality. The only ones hurt by the new tax are those that cannot afford to travel for their purchase.
    On-Premise retailers will not increase prices in most cases because they cannot afford to drive customers away. Maryland will just be taking profit directly from them, not forcing the consumer to pay more.

  134. David from Maryland says:

    Good thing I live near the state line. I will not be paying this increased tax bill on my cases of beer, wine or spirits should I choose to make a purchase.

  135. Craig from SC says:

    Gee, if a dime is good, wouldn’t a quarter be better?

    Hmmm, if a dime is good, and a quarter is better, wouldn’t a dollar be really good?

    Wow, if a dime is good, and a quarter is better, and a dollar is really good, why not add FIVE dollars to the cost of an adult beverage . . . this (following the line of thinking of this being a “win – win” notion?

    Holy cow!, this is terrific stuff! Let’s REALLY solve the problem folks! Let’s add TEN dollars to the cost of adult beverages in the State of Maryland!!!!!

    The citizens of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia (and South Carolina) would REALLY, REALLY think this would be a terrific idea too!!!!

  136. John says:

    What would government be if it couldn’t take advantage of addicts? Government LOVES addicts, especially cigarette smokers.

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    Yeah, I’m the taxman.

    (if you drive a car, car;) – I’ll tax the street;
    (if you try to sit, sit;) – I’ll tax your seat;
    (if you get too cold, cold;) – I’ll tax the heat;
    (if you take a walk, walk;) – I’ll tax your feet.


    ‘Cause I’m the taxman,
    Yeah, I’m the taxman.

    Don’t ask me what I want it for, (ah-ah, mister Wilson)
    If you don’t want to pay some more. (ah-ah, mister heath)
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman,
    Yeah, I’m the taxman.

    Now my advice for those who die, (taxman)
    Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman)
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman,
    Yeah, I’m the taxman.

    And you’re working for no one but me.


  138. SL says:

    10 cents is not going to slow down my drinking, nor the drinking of anyone I know. So what if I spend an extra 50 cents to a dollar for every night I go out? Big deal.

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