Beer on the Taxing Block in Maryland

I understand the importance of taxes and know that without the revenue they produce for states and for this country, virtually nothing would be able to function. But that being said, the proposed Senate Bill 232 in the state of Maryland seems a little absurd! According to a snippet of the bill here,

Increasing the State tax rates for alcoholic beverages in Maryland from $1.50 to $4.50 per gallon for distilled spirits, from 40 cents to $1.20 per gallon for wine, and from 9 cents to 54 cents per gallon for beer; expressing the State tax rates for alcoholic beverages alternatively as 89.1843 cents for each 0.75-liter container of distilled spirits, 23.7825 cents for each 0.75-liter container of wine, and 5.0625 cents for each 12-ounce container of beer; etc.

For those who don’t want to break down the math themselves – the new bill would increase the tax on liquor in the state of Maryland threefold the tax on beer sixfold! According to the Beer Activist (Chris O’Brien),

taxes represent 44% of the retail price of beer. This compares to 33% for bread and 36% for boats.

That’s right, the percentage of beer taxed is greater than the percentage of a boat. A BOAT!! And, unless something changes, for the People of Maryland, that will soon just be the tip of the iceberg… Anyone willing to rig up a mash tun on my boat?

A Taxing Proposal in Maryland” [Beer Activist] “Proposed outrageous alcohol taxes in Maryland” [hop-talk] (image by tpatch)
[tags]taxes, beer, Maryland, Senate Bill 232[/tags]

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