LAWMAKERS PROPOSE ALCOHOL TAX HIKE FOR HEALTH PLAN

Some Maryland lawmakers and health care advocates proposed increasing the state’s alcohol tax to generate millions of dollars to address health disparities, which have been brought to the forefront by the coronavirus pandemic. Supporters are backing a hike in the state’s sales tax on alcohol from 9 to 10 per cent in 2021; the state last raised its sales tax on alcohol in 2011. Opponents say the tax increase will hurt small businesses during tough times caused by the pandemic.