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January 21, 1994
There's a tempting carrot being dangled tantalizingly in front of state legislators by Gov. William Donald Schaefer: $70 million worth of new aid for local schools and local government programs. The temptation, though, comes with a catch. To get this money, lawmakers must raise the tobacco tax.Compounding their problem is that there is precious little in the governor's $13.5 billion budget that can be cut to make way for this package of goodies, which includes $25 million for schools (poverty grants, expansion of pre-kindergarten classes, money to help non-English-speaking students)
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Maryland health care lobbyists have launched a negative radio ad against East Baltimore Democrat Julius Henson, who is challenging State Sen. Nathaniel McFadden in this month's primary election. The ad, paid for by Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Inc., praises the public health record of McFadden and criticizes Henson, a long-time campaign operative who does not support a plan to increase the tobacco tax. The group wants Maryland lawmakers to raise the tax on each pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3 to disincentivize smoking.
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By Vincent DeMarco | February 3, 2010
C ontrary to Jay Hancock's January 27 column, Maryland's recently enacted $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase has been a budgetary and public health success for which Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly should be proud. In the year after it took effect on Jan. 1, 2008, the cigarette tax increase brought $144 million in additional funds into the state coffers, which have helped to fund Maryland's recent health care expansion. This expansion brought health care coverage to more than 52,000 Marylanders and brought Maryland from 44th to 16th in the nation in health care coverage for adults.
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By Mark Newgent | January 8, 2014
"As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X, or the better case, what A, B and C shall do for X. … What I want to do is to look up C. I want to show you what manner of man he is. I call him the Forgotten Man. Perhaps the appellation is not...
NEWS
July 16, 2013
President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget includes an early childhood learning initiative that would be funded by a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes. The federal government will cover 91 percent of the costs in year one, but by year 10 of the program the states' funding obligations would rise to 75 percent. In 2009, when the federal government raised the cigarette excise tax, total tax paid sales of cigarettes dropped by more than 8 percent. The proposed cigarette tax hike, which is a 93 percent increase, could diminish tax-paid sales even further.
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by Annie Linskey | November 14, 2012
The same group that successfully pushed to double the state's cigarette tax in 2007 wants the General Assembly to add another dollar per pack next session. Health Care For All, led by Annapolis stalwart Vinnie DeMarco, kicked off his push at a news conference in Annapolis today. "It works. It is good politics and good policy," DeMarco said. "We need the money for health care" The change would increase the state's cigarette tax from $2 per pack to $3, and bring the average price to $7.29.  It would mean Maryland would have the 6th highest cigarette tax in the country, according to DeMarco.
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By Marc Kilmer | March 17, 2010
In 2007, Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Maryland General Assembly enacted a number of tax increases designed to close the state's budget deficit. As this year's General Assembly session illustrates, these tax hikes did not fix the state's spending problems. Instead, they created problems for many Marylanders. For instance, the cigarette tax is driving smokers to purchase their cigarettes in other states, hurting local businesses and depriving the state of tax revenue. A cigarette tax hike may be popular with politicians and public health advocates, but Marylanders are doing all they can to avoid it. Supporters in 2007 believed cigarette tax hikes would increase state revenue and reduce smoking.
NEWS
July 9, 2012
At $2 per pack, Maryland has one of the highest cigarette taxes in the nation - and has reaped considerable benefits from it. With every tobacco tax increase over the last 13 years, smoking rates in the state have declined, not only among children but with adults, too. That's not only been good for the budget - the cigarette tax accounts for nearly $400 million in revenue annually for the state or 90 percent of all the tobacco- and alcohol-related taxes...
NEWS
February 23, 1994
Mickey Steinberg's motto must be "you can never have too much of a good thing." How else to explain his proposed $2 a pack tax on cigarettes? It would raise an astounding $500 million (till consumption falls) by increasing the current tax six-fold. It would make Maryland's tax three times higher than anywhere else in the country.And it has absolutely no chance of winning legislative approval in Annapolis.Mr. Steinberg, who is the state's lieutenant governor, stunned State House officials with his proposal.
NEWS
November 20, 2012
I respect the motives of those who wish to raise Maryland's cigarette tax ("Activists want dollar boost in cigarette taxes," Nov. 15). However, such an increase would make it increasingly worthwhile for Maryland smokers to travel to neighboring, lower-tax state for their purchases. The priority should be a on fairer, more effective way to reduce cigarette smoking - by raising the legal tobacco age to 21. That would interpose three more years of maturity, and three more years' receipt of society's widespread anti-tobacco messages, before young people could legally buy cigarettes.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
So, letter writer Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association, is worried that hard-working Marylanders won't be able to afford cigarettes if there is a tax increase ("Hike in cigarette tax threatens Md. Retailers," July 17)? This is actually a good thing as maybe it will be an incentive for Marylanders who can't afford cancer sticks to give them up - not just for their own health but for the sake of those around them too. And if convenience stores can only make their living off a substance that causes cancer, then it's time for them to either think of better ways to make money or to close up shop.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget includes an early childhood learning initiative that would be funded by a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes. The federal government will cover 91 percent of the costs in year one, but by year 10 of the program the states' funding obligations would rise to 75 percent. In 2009, when the federal government raised the cigarette excise tax, total tax paid sales of cigarettes dropped by more than 8 percent. The proposed cigarette tax hike, which is a 93 percent increase, could diminish tax-paid sales even further.
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June 15, 2013
I feel the stormwater fee has failed to achieve its goal which is to reduce the pollution that makes it into the Chesapeake Bay ("Churches seek break on city stormwater fee," June 12). The current implementation of the stormwater fee unfairly fines those of us that are making investments in reducing pollution at the benefit of those that are not. For example, two people have identically sized lots. Person A has a lawn service dump fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides once a week on his lawn.
NEWS
December 9, 2012
Contrary to Marc Kilmer's letter ("Don't enable Md.'s addiction to cigarette tax revenue," Dec. 6), Maryland's 2007 dollar-per-pack cigarette tax increase significantly reduced teen smoking and saved lives. Between 2008 when the law took effect and the next time a survey of teen smoking was taken in 2010, smoking among teens in Maryland dropped from 15.3 percent to 14.1 percent, saving thousands of Maryland young people from the horrors of tobacco addiction. For a personal account of how this tax increase saved lives, Mr. Kilmer should read the commentary that appeared in The Sun several months ago written by the Rev. Fred Weimert, the board chair of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council ("Cigarette taxes saved my kids' lives," Aug. 30)
NEWS
December 6, 2012
We're almost a month away from another legislative session, so it was no surprise to read The Sun's editorial in favor of higher cigarette taxes ("A life-saving tax," Nov. 25). While lobbyists like Vinnie DeMarco prepare their annual push to punish smokers, the rationale to raise cigarette taxes is as flawed as ever. Higher cigarette prices may discourage smoking, but there is hardly the direct connection between declining rates of smoking and higher tobacco taxes as The Sun claims.
NEWS
November 20, 2012
I respect the motives of those who wish to raise Maryland's cigarette tax ("Activists want dollar boost in cigarette taxes," Nov. 15). However, such an increase would make it increasingly worthwhile for Maryland smokers to travel to neighboring, lower-tax state for their purchases. The priority should be a on fairer, more effective way to reduce cigarette smoking - by raising the legal tobacco age to 21. That would interpose three more years of maturity, and three more years' receipt of society's widespread anti-tobacco messages, before young people could legally buy cigarettes.
NEWS
December 9, 2012
Contrary to Marc Kilmer's letter ("Don't enable Md.'s addiction to cigarette tax revenue," Dec. 6), Maryland's 2007 dollar-per-pack cigarette tax increase significantly reduced teen smoking and saved lives. Between 2008 when the law took effect and the next time a survey of teen smoking was taken in 2010, smoking among teens in Maryland dropped from 15.3 percent to 14.1 percent, saving thousands of Maryland young people from the horrors of tobacco addiction. For a personal account of how this tax increase saved lives, Mr. Kilmer should read the commentary that appeared in The Sun several months ago written by the Rev. Fred Weimert, the board chair of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council ("Cigarette taxes saved my kids' lives," Aug. 30)
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