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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Stop the Maryland Bottle Tax
Dear Taxpayer, Members of the City Council will hold a hearing on Wednesday to consider a 150% bottle tax increase. Such a massive local tax increase on bottled beverages such as soft drinks not only means higher costs for the consumer, but lost jobs as well. This tax hike, if passed, could very well result in layoffs at the Canada Dry bottling plant in Baltimore County and its distribution center in Glen Burnie at a time when the local economy desperately needs job creation and can ill-afford needless job destruction Unfortunately, this has happened before. When the original 2-cent bottle tax was enacted in 2010, Pepsi found that it was no longer cost-effective to make soft drinks at their facility and was forced to lay off 77 workers as a result. In 2011 employers called on the city to repeal the tax, to no avail. What’s that they say about the definition of insanity? Baltimore residents, urge your representative on the Baltimore City Council and tell them NO NEW TAXES ON BOTTLED DRINKS. Onward, Grover Norquist President Americans for Tax Reform