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October 5, 2011

BPW approves projects funded by new alcohol tax

Maryland's Board of Public Works this morning approved school construction projects in three counties funded by the new 50 percent hike to the sales tax on alcohol.

Projects include improvements to athletic facilities at Howard County schools, renovations to three elementary schools and one middle school in Montgomery County, and a new preforming arts center at a high school in Anne Arundel County.

During the meeting Gov. Martin O'Malley sought to stress the jobs that would be created by each project, asking officials from each school system to estimate how many workers would be needed for each item.

"There is such a disconnect between the choices we make together and the economy we share together," O'Malley said, striving to show that the increased taxes would be plowed back into the state by bolstering its workforce.

The projects are worth $18 million; and represent the first chunk of schools projects funded by the higher alcohol tax. The board is expected to approve projects in Baltimore County and other systems when it meets again in two weeks.

In April lawmakers raised the sales tax on alcohol from 6 percent to 9 percent, which is estimated to generate $85 million a year. The legislature required the money to be spent on school projects and health care in the first year, but goes to the general fund in following years.

Posted by Annie Linskey at 11:41 AM | | Comments (3)
        

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There is MOM's justification for the next round of tax increases coming in 2012.

"..the increased taxes would be plowed back into the state by bolstering its workforce".

He seems to suggest that it is better for the government to spend a citizen's money than for the citizen to spend it!

When you child whom you say to it's not right to drink ask you where did the money come from to fund the repairs to our school. Will you tell them OH the drunk dowm the street paid taxs to have that done..........Now shouldn't this money be used to rehab.that alcholic..........now to have you take on this..

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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