Increased alcohol taxes in Maryland may be forcing customers to drive to Delaware.
- Ben Gross
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sales of distilled spirits have increased only .2 percent in Maryland since last year—far below the national average of 3.1 percent, according to figures stated in a recent Washington Post blog post. The post cites the Distilled Council of the United States, which linked the stagnating sales to the increase in taxes on alcohol—from 6 percent to 9 percent. The chief economist for the council, David Ozgo, is quoted as stating that “Maryland consumers are voting with their feet and making their purchases in Delaware.” A Capital News Service article reported that sales of distilled spirits near the border of Maryland and Delaware in Cecil County are down 57 percent. Do you venture to other states like Delaware to purchase alcohol?
The recent alcohol tax increase has raised money for health care and potentially decreased underage drinking and alcohol abuse, according to alcohol tax coalition.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Kelsey Miller Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – A coalition that pushed an alcohol tax increase last year is calling the tax a success and turning its efforts toward assuring that the new revenue is spent the way it was intended. Representatives of the Lorraine Sheehan Alcohol Tax Coalition said Tuesday that the recent increase of the alcohol tax from 6 percent to 9 percent has been successful at achieving its two main goals: raising money for health care and potentially decreasing underage drinking and alcohol abuse. Of the $70 million in expected revenue from the tax, $64 million in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s FY2013 budget is proposed for health care and community services. The group now aims to keep the current budget plan intact as it …