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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says lawmakers are working on how to impose an increase in Maryland’s alcohol tax.

Miller told reporters Tuesday he believes an increase will be approved, but it won’t be nearly as large as supporters initially wanted.

Miller says an important consideration will be to keep Maryland competitive with neighboring states and whether the tax is imposed at the excise tax level or retail tax level.

Miller, (D) Calvert, also says a top priority will be to restore some of the $94 million in proposed reductions for schools. Health advocates have been pushing to raise about $215 million a year by the tax increase. But Miller says it will end up being “much less” than $100 million annually.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (9)
  1. Donald schneider says:

    Why not start with finding ways to stop wasteful spending within our own gov like eliminating comp time for state and federal workers, they abuse that way to much they think it’s candy not pay thanks donald

  2. Herman Glimsher says:



  3. Mike says:

    They need the money to pay for the Illegal bean…..errs……

  4. DB of Joppa says:

    TAX TAX TAX, Increase the state sales tax, increase this tax, add that tax, spend spend spend….Instate tuition for children of illegals…Is it me or are the majority of the politicians in Annapolis completely out of touch?

  5. Don't drink, don't smoke says:

    They already increased cigarette taxes by $1 per pack after the fed govt increased it as well. It’s time for the alcohol tax to go up as it hasn’t changed since the 70’s!!! If people want to drink, they can pay a few cents more to do it, They’ll still find a way to drive drunk even if it costs a bit more.

    1. DB of Joppa says:

      I, myself, neither drink nor smoke, but that isn’t the point. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! Every single household in the state is figuring out how to get by with less, groceries cost more, the weekly fill-up at the pump cost more, the State Government needs to show us, the voters, they understand the concept!

  6. Charley says:

    First, the politicians of this state drive us to drink, then they TAX that.

  7. Baltumorebob says:

    Tax tax tax tax tax tax tax thats all those a.. Want to do I say get them the hell out of there befour it is ti late

  8. Baltumorebob says:

    Dam to late

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