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Md. alcohol tax: Martin O'Malley approved 50 percent increase

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed legislation that will raise Maryland's sales tax on alcohol by 50 percent in July.

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O'Malley signed the bill Thursday in Annapolis.

The sales tax on alcohol will rise from 6 percent to 9 percent.

The tax is estimated to raise about $85 million a year.

About $15 million will go toward easing a waiting list for the developmentally disabled. Next year only, about $47 million will be used to help pay for school construction costs.

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