Smokers to Subsidize the General Fund?
Just this year the General Assembly passed a 50% increase to the alcohol tax after lobbying from Vinny DeMarco of The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative.
The money from the increase to the alcohol tax is being used for school construction and subsequently for propping up the General Fund which runs billion dollar plus deficits every year.
Originally the tax revenue was supposed to be for health care initiatives in Maryland
The same group is pushing for another increase to the cigarette tax to the tune of 50%.
With another billion dollar deficit on the backs of struggling Marylanders do you think that the money will end up going to plug Annapolis’s fiscal mismanagement?
Smokers look forward to subsidizing Maryland even more!