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

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

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.