Alcohol Tax Hearing Set for Tomorrow

Last Friday’s edition of the Enterprise had a fairly good summary of Maryland’s proposal to raise the tax on alcohol click here.   However, like other proponents of the bill, the Enterprise portrayed the legislation as the “dime a drink bill.”  Not true.  If the bill passes as currently proposed, the result would be that per drink costs would rise at least 25 cents or more.  Per case and bottle prices would rise $2 to $4.  For more info  click here.   

As a member of the Maryland Licensed Beverage Association I received the following e-mail the other day:

The alcohol tax bill (House Bill 121 & Senate Bill 168 – “The Lorraine Sheehan Health and Community Services Act of 2011”) has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23 and at 1:00 p.m. in the House Committee on Thursday, March 3. If you have not already done so, please visit to urge your legislators to oppose higher alcohol taxes and visit for additional tools to help spread the word.

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