Md. Senate Panel Sets Hearing On Alcohol Tax Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland senators have scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a measure that would add a sales tax for beer, wine and liquor, similar to the one D.C. levies.

Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell, D-Baltimore, introduced a proposal Monday night which would phase in a new tax on alcohol sales and raise $90 million for the cash-strapped state.

The proposal would add one percentage point a year on top of the state sales tax over three years until drinkers pay 9 percent to the state whenever they imbibe.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who has said he expects the tax to pass his chamber, called the proposal “modest.”

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

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