Senate approves increase to alcohol sales tax
There was almost no debate in the chamber about the bill, a far cry from the House debate where the GOP caucus sought to slow down the process by giving lengthy speeches on procedural votes.
The tax raises about $85 million and at this at this point the legislature has only spent $30 million of it. Cash will go for operating costs at Prince George's County and Baltimore City schools and the developmentally disabled.
The Senate is now debating a separate bill that allocates the rest of the money to school construction in the largest counties and adds more for developmentally disabled. The GOP is fighting harder on that portion of the bill -- with Sen. Getty trying to add an amendment sending the extra cash to the ailing pension fund instead.