Alcohol tax vote breakdown

The Maryland Senate voted 27-19 this week to create a new sales tax on alcohol. It will add 1 percent per year for three years to the existing 6 percent sales tax and, ultimately, is expected to raise $80 million annually. The Sun's editorials have supported the notion of an acohol tax increase — the current excise taxes haven't been increased on beer and wine in 40 years and on liquor in nearly 60 years, and whatever economic impact the increase will have on the alcohol and hospitality industry is outweighed by the benefit of being able to maintain spending on education and other top priorities. The measure's fate remains uncertain in the House of Delegates. Here's how the senators voted:


Joanne Benson, D-Prince George's

Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore

Ulysses Currie, D-Prince George's

•Bill Ferguson, D-Baltimore

Jennie Forehand, D-Montgomery

•Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery

Robert Garagiola, D-Montgomery

Lisa Gladden, D-Baltimore

Verna Jones-Rodwell, D-Baltimore

Edward Kasemeyer, D-Howard

Delores Kelley, D-Baltimore County

Nancy King, D-Montgomery

•Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery

Roger Manno, D-Montgomery

Nathaniel McFadden, D-Baltimore

Thomas Middleton, D-Charles

Karen Montgomery, D-Montgomery

•Anthony Muse, D-Prince George's

•Douglas Peters, D-Prince George's

Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George's

•Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore

Victor Ramirez, D-Prince George's

Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery

James Robey, D-Howard

James Rosapepe, D-Prince George's

Bobby Zirkin, D-Baltimore County


John Astle, D-Anne Arundel

David Brinkley, R-Frederick

James Brochin, D-Baltimore County

Richard Colburn, R-Eastern Shore

•James DeGrange, D-Anne Arundel

Roy Dyson, D-St. Mary's

George Edwards, R-Western Maryland

Joseph Getty, R-Carroll

Barry Glassman, R-Harford

Nancy Jacobs, R-Harford

Allan Kittleman, R-Howard

•Kathy Klausmeier, D-Baltimore County

•James Mathias, D-Eastern Shore

E.J. Pipkin, R-Eastern Shore

•Edward Reilly, R-Anne Arundel

Christopher Shank, R-Washington

Bryan Simonaire, R-Anne Arundel

•Norman Stone, D-Baltimore County

Ronald Young, D-Frederick

Excused (absent):

J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore County

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