Tag: tobacco tax

No new taxes this year, O’Malley says, but Vinny DeMarco seeks one more

But along with the usual talk of “tough choices” and “moving forward,” Gov. Martin O’Malley’s State of the State Address is likely to tout that he balanced his proposed fiscal 2015 budget with “no new taxes or fees.” Thank God, most Marylanders would agree, but not Vinny DeMarco, persistent advocate of higher taxes on cigarettes and booze for the sake of public health as president of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative.

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Broad array of funding recommended for Health Benefit Exchange

The Health Benefit Exchange Board recommended Monday a broad based funding approach to pay for a federally mandated state health insurance program, now estimated to cost up to $30 million in 2014 and $60 million by 2016.

“The board is in agreement there should be some sort of a transactional fee, a broad based fee, and funding for the exchange that needs to come from multiple places to ensure sustainability and stability,” said Rebecca Pearce, Health Benefit Exchange executive director.

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