State's alcohol tax will help people with disabilities

"Amazing, awesome, incredible" and "I am overjoyed" were among the responses I received to the news that the increase in the alcohol tax enacted this week by the General Assembly will help fund services for people with developmental disabilities.

These responses came from families who have languished on the state's waiting list for essential supports for many years. We estimate that more than 500 children and adults with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome will finally receive the support they desperately need.

For there to be a fair debate, the discourse occurring about the merits of the alcohol tax increase must take this into consideration. We applaud the legislature for this decisive action and the impact it will have on some of our citizens in greatest need.

Brian Cox

The writer is executive director of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

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