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Alcohol Tax Hurting Maryland

November 18th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Liquor sales in Maryland have stagnated in the past year, showing almost no growth since 2011, a change the industry attributes to an increased alcohol tax driving Marylanders to cross state lines in search of cheaper booze.  David Ozgo, chief economist for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, said the group compared figures from 2011 to figures from 2012 and saw a .2 percent increase, which Ozgo said is below national averages. In Allegany County, those seeking to purchase alcohol are just a few minutes drive away rom West Virginia and Pennsylvania where they can save money.

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