Maryland lawmakers propose alcohol tax hike for health plan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are proposing an increase to the state's alcohol tax to generate millions of dollars to address health disparities in the state.

State legislators joined health care advocates Wednesday to announce a proposal enabling areas with poor health outcomes to compete for grants and tax incentives. Supporters are backing an increase in the state's alcohol tax from 9% to 10% to fund the initiative. They say the coronavirus pandemic has illustrated stark health disparities around the state.

But opponents contend the tax increase will hurt small businesses during tough times caused by the pandemic.



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