Maryland Lawmakers To Consider New Taxes On Snacks

July 13, 2011

Maryland lawmakers plan to weigh new taxes on snacks, in addition to medicine and online sales, as well as an increase in the state's gasoline tax, as they prepare for a special General Assembly session in the face of a $1.1 billion structural deficit, according to The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C. 

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Editor’s Insight: The fact that a sales snack tax failed in the most recent legislative session has not dissuaded lawmakers from reviving the tax, due to the need to reduce the budget deficit.

Refreshment service operators must join with other affected industries and point out to the legislature that such a tax will disproportionately affect lower income consumers; it is a regressive tax. 07-13-11 by Elliot Maras