Some Support Idea Of Increase In Alcohol Tax

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Some lawmakers in Annapolis want to add a dime to your drink.

Jessica Kartalija reports a Baltimore City businessman is putting in his two cents on a proposed 10-cent liquor tax.

The proposed Lorraine Sheehan Dime a Drink tax would pour $215 million into Maryland’s economy.  David Wells, owner of The Wine Source in Hampden, is all for it.

“I don’t think it will have a negative impact on business because what we sell here are not life’s necessities.  We are not talking food, clothing or shelter,” Wells said.

Taxes would go toward healthcare, fund programs for people with disabilities and offer alcohol prevention and treatment programs.  Wells believes the extra cost could also reduce underage drinking.

“I will sleep better at night knowing we are doing all we can to work on or address negative aspects of the products we sell,” Wells said.

Many people we spoke with say they don’t mind paying an extra dime for a glass of wine if that tax money goes toward helping someone else.  As for whether it will curb teenage drinking, they’re a little skeptical.

“When I was a kid, it didn’t matter what it cost.  We would get what we needed to satisfy what we wanted,” said Paul Sheitel.

“I think kids are going to drink no matter the cost and they will do whatever it takes to get whatever they want to drink, so no, it won’t make any difference whatsoever,” said Jan Crye.

It makes a difference to liquor distributors, who will be taxed almost seven percent.

The tax would cost moderate drinkers about $11 a year.  If that bill passes, 15 percent of the tax will go toward the state’s Addiction Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Fund.

The last time Maryland’s tax for beer and wine was increased was back in 1972.

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  • bernard F Mc Kernan

    Tax the size of your willy next. What a croc, it will never pass. A 10 cent increase a drink amounts to several dollars a gallon & about a 1k % increase overall. Remember the 1 cent tax increase two years ago in the sales?…That difference from 5% to 6% was a TWENTY % increase dummies.

  • ray

    the only thing is omally will take the money for other things like balance the budget..
    Just like he does with the transpartation fund where our gas tax and toll money goes.
    Then omally takes it and wants to raise gas tax and tolls. They have to cut the budget NOW.. We Maryllands have to cut our budget because of the economy.

  • Adam

    Haha, 10 cent tax reducing underage drinking? Get a grip…the drinking age should be 18 anyway, 21 is b/s.

  • Patrick

    10cent a drink one ounce so if you buy a half gallon at the store that will add $6.40

  • Adam

    Hm, they deleted the comment by the person I called a moron. Delete that too, and this comment.

  • East Coast

    Um, Adam, it’s really debatable who is the real moron here. Your comment, that you claim is deleted and complained about it still here. Then, you whine about the drinking age. I’m sorry, is it really frustrating being 17 and knowing how long you have to wait and upset because they took your moron comment away? LMBO

    The disability crowd has no real voice anymore. They did, but not anymore. They are a disorganized mess.

    • Adam

      Oh, you were. Just stop while you’re behind.

    • Adam

      Way to assume, I’m actually 26. Who’s the moron now?

      • East Coast

        Who says I was talking about chronological age? Hahahahaha

  • Owings Mills

    So glad I’m in the process of moving to Delaware. The entire state of Maryland just sucks right now. Not only will my alcohol be 10 cents cheaper, but it won’t have any sales tax either.

    • BinMD

      Actually, Delaware already taxes alcohol higher than MD – – but enjoy Delaware anyway.

      • Owings Mills

        Something is off with that because 6 pack for 6 pack, bottle for bottle, or case for case, it is always cheaper in Delaware before the sales tax would ever be factored in.

        Prime example 1.5 L Barefoot Pinot Grigo
        Maryland $12.99 plus 6% sales tax
        Delaware $7.99 no sales tax

    • Adam

      Yep, Maryland is a dump thanks to Owe’Malley and company.

  • Ronald G Miner Jr

    Who is this going to hurt the most? Those who don’t already go to Delaware to do their shopping. I go once a month, do my essentials shopping, bring back things for friends and relatives. They pay me for my gas and I get great savings. I guess now it will be beer wine and liquor added to my list. If the liquor store owners think this won’t hurt them think again…

  • Lauren

    I think that is not a good idea at all star taxing some thing that Everyone n I mean everyone uses

    • AT

      Uses? What is it, heroin?

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