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Tuesday, December 01, 2009:
House of Delegates holds "retreat" to begin work on state budget woes; health-care advocates push for an increase in state alcohol tax, and environmental groups rally against "dirty energy" projects in state.
Lawmakers bone up on state budget problems
The House Appropriations Committee is holding an all-day budget session with briefings on how to close an estimated $1.5 billion budget shortfall in the spending year beginning next summer. There's no fancy venue for this "retreat," however. The committee is meeting in its usual hearing room in Annapolis. The Senate follows Thursday with a similar marathon session.
Alcohol tax could save lives, proponents say
Marylanders should start thinking of increased alcohol taxes the way they do of cigarette taxes, say Maryland Citizens' health Initiative and the state's chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. A 10-cent per drink tax could reduce alcohol dependency, raise significant new revenue for the state and even save lives. The groups plan to release a study today from a Johns Hopkins public health professor to back up their case.
Hundreds expected at clean-energy rally
Sierra Club, Environment Maryland, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and others are joining forces today for a rally in Baltimore aimed at highlighting good clean energy projects in the state and drawing attention to proposed "dirty energy" projects in the area.
Around the state, in brief:
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Aaron C. Davis
December 1, 2009; 8:52 AM ET
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