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Alcohol Tax Increase Goes Into Effect Friday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Another new law is going into effect Friday and it’s likely to impact your holiday celebrations.  The “dime a drink” alcohol tax begins July 1.  Weijia Jiang has the last-minute rush for local liquor stores.

At liquor stores across the state, Marylanders stocked  up on booze, their last call before the alcohol tax goes up from six percent t0 nine percent Friday.

“Today we’ve had a big rush.  Yesterday, as well,” said Dave Moore, Wells Discount Liquors.

“I like to save a few dollars where I can, so today was the day to do it,” said Mike Taylor.

The increase is expected to generate $85 million annually.  Maryland schools will get a one-time boost of $68 million and $15 million will provide services to disabled patients.

“It’s just another way the government is trying to get theirs,” said Wyatt Runciman.

On Thursday night, an order cost $632.  When the law goes into effect, it will cost $650.  Some researchers say the tax hike will decrease alcohol consumption but many we spoke with say they doubt it.

“Absolutely not, no.  I’ll budget more for alcohol,” said Holly Szimanski.

Others disagree, including some in the industry.

“I think it’s gonna hurt bars, it’s gonna hurt restaurants,” said Lauren Modica.

Time will tell exactly how much the tax helps and how hard drinkers feel the pinch.

“I have no problem with sin taxes.  People wanna drink, smoke…pay for it,” said Maurice Drayton.

In a letter to supporters of the tax, the governor wrote he hopes the hike will reduce underage drinking and alcohol abuse.

Maryland last raised beer and wine taxes in 1972.

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  1. lucky lou says:

    tax it tax it tax it

  2. TONIA JO RABBIT says:

    IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE TAXES ARE A SCAM WERE DO YOU FIT IN???SALES TAX, SCHOOL TAX,LIQUOR TAX,LUXURY TAX,EXCISE TAX,PRPOERTY TAX,CIGARETTE TAX,MEDICARE TAX,INVENTORY TAX,REALE SATE TAX, WELL PERMIT TAX,FUEL PERMIT TAX,INHERTANCE TAX,ROAD USAGE TAX,CDL TAX,DOG LICENSE TAX, ELECTRIC DELIVEREY TAX, GAS DELIVERY TAX,STATE INCOME TAX,FOOD LINCENSE TAX,VECHICLE SALES TAX,GROSS RECEIPTS TAX,SOCIAL SECURITY TAX,SERVICE CHARGE TAX,FISHING LICENSE TAX,FEDERAL INCOME TAX,BULIDING PERMIT TAX,IRS INTERST TAX,HUNTING LICENSE TAX,MARRIAGE LINCENSE TAX,CORPORATE TAX,PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX,ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE TAX, HOME CAR INSURANCE TAX,RECREATIONAL VECHICLE TAX,WORKERS COMPENSATION TAX,WATER REGISTRATION TAX,TELEPHONE USAGE TAX, TELEPHONE FEDERAL EXCISE TAX,

  3. LINWOOD AVE GOSPEL says:

    less POLITICANS ,,, less TAXES,, bad politics taking a huge portion of our pay think when you VOTE

  4. VFW PARKVILLE says:

    DO NOT LET THESE POLITICANS SHIFT THE BLAME TO BURECRATS, WHOM THEY HIRE AND WHOOSE JOBS THEY CAN ABOLISH. TO LOBBYIST WHOOSE GIFTS AND ADVICE THEY CAN REJECT, TO REGULATORS TO WHOM THEY GIVE THE POWER TO REGULATE AND FROM WHOM THEY CAN TAKE THIS POWER. ABOVE ALL DO NOT LET THEM CON YOU INTO THE BELIEF THAT THERE EXCIST DISEMBODIED MYSTICAL FORCES LIKE ‘THE ECONOMY’ ‘INFLATION’ OR ‘POLITICS THAT PREVENT THEM FROM DOING WHAT THEY TAKE A OATH TO DO.

  5. whatnow says:

    Did they celebrate with a drink? LOL!

  6. WATER LOU says:

    tax booze not gas

  7. TOWSON says:

    the news report city and the state of maryland cutting back on services what looks like they are getting raises and more funds. what a spit in the face

  8. Wonderful says:

    What will the state do with this increased revenue?

  9. Billiam says:

    If anyone thinks that this “increased revenue” is going to decrease underage drinking and help those with alcohol problems, they are sadly mistaken. We can’t keep our city pools open because there’s no money; they want to tax the people who buy books and materials such as books on the Internet because the state of MD is losing money; the consumer has a choice. But wait – we have a couple hundred million or so laying around to build the ICC – a big waste of money. It gets even better because now they want to build the Red Line – do we have money laying around for that? Or will that come from the increased tolls? Maryland is in a mess – and say what you want – O’Malley put us there. Between the red line construction, money for illegal immigrants, entitlements and tax after tax – there will be nothing. God help us if he makes a presidential run.

  10. The Silver Fox says:

    Vote thier behinds out of office and make the next ppl in office roll the taxes back. Simple.

  11. chris says:

    ohhhh the irony… america fought a war for freedom from tyranny and unfair taxes.. lol

  12. SKIPARTIST AND DEADBEATS says:

    one of the criteras of the next governor lower taxes if it means decrease the governors salary lower the tax sales , fuel, beer,wine, cut back , like everyone else

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