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Topic - Chuck Ferrar
Liquor sales in Maryland have stagnated in the past year, a change the industry attributes to an increased alcohol tax driving Marylanders to cross state lines in search of cheaper booze.
Uncertainty about the "fiscal cliff" in Washington could have a significant impact on consumer behavior over the holidays in a state like Maryland that relies on the federal government for so many jobs, the head of the Maryland Retailers Association told a panel of state officials on Thursday.
Uncertainty about the "fiscal cliff" in Washington could have a significant impact on consumer behavior over the holidays in a state such as Maryland that relies on the federal government for so many jobs, the head of the Maryland Retailers Association told a panel of state officials on Thursday.
Mr. Ferrar said Cecil County has historically had the highest rate of consumption in the state — not because residents drink more, but because of the county's proximity to Pennsylvania, where alcohol restrictions are tighter, causing customers to head south to get cheaper drinks.
"You got to look at the whole picture, not, 'We're gonna do this' or 'We're gonna do that," Mr. Ferrar said.