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Do you think there should be a tax hike on alcohol?

This week, advocates for the poor and mentally ill have made hours-long pleas to powerful legislative committees in Annapolis, contending that raising alcohol taxes by a dime per serving would restore much-needed funding for health-care programs for the poor, services for the developmentally disabled, and drug and alcohol dependency programs hit hard by budget cuts.

The answer they'll get is the same as always: No. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 12, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Posted by: shrshot | March 12, 2010 11:15 AM

If everyone had to learn to live within there means as small business have then there would be no reason to raise beer tax 1,189.% yes I said 1,189%. They claim only a dime in reality it will be 23cents.
Get the Govt out of our pockets, let us grow and the contributions to the needy will happen.

Posted by: GaryBrooksatBarleyAndHops | March 12, 2010 11:31 AM

Taxes are not the answer. The government should be run with in budget, no more money no more spending! Just like my wallet!

Posted by: Komodo0 | March 12, 2010 12:01 PM

Only among the WPost readers would a poll to RAISE taxes be passing by a 58-42% margin.

Posted by: HoisinSauce | March 12, 2010 3:22 PM

Why settle for a puny dime, go for a dollar increase. Alcohol use and abuse is one of the biggest problems in this society, with tens of thousands dying from accidents, diseases, violence.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 15, 2010 1:02 AM

The current budget is untenable. Nickle and dime taxes won't fix it, and major tax hikes would put a serious hurt on our recovery. We need leaders bold enough to tell the truth; spending cuts across the board are necessary to pull us out of debt and set us on the right path.

Posted by: teicad01 | March 15, 2010 2:57 AM

A tax on alcohol has the dual benefit of raising revenues and limiting alcohol consumption, just as a tobacco tax does.

Posted by: EvilOverlord | March 15, 2010 7:47 AM

Yeah, and while we're at it, let's legalize marijuana and tax that, too. What reason is there to raise taxes on alcohol while keeping marijuana illegal? Only pseudo-moralistic and hypocritical drug-war hysteria. Legalize marijuana! (But if they don't, it makes no difference. We'll still go on smoking it no matter what the fake moralists and busybodies opine ...)

Posted by: RichardHode | March 15, 2010 9:11 AM

Having a drink from time to time is not a vice. This is not a "sin tax", it is a tax on ordinary people, nothing more nothing less.

Posted by: afpre42 | March 17, 2010 12:03 PM

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