Part of the text of the Heavy Seas letter, signed by founder Hugh Sisson, is below:
Both breweries are referring fans to a website, set up the the Md. Alliance for Hospitality Jobs, that offers, among other things, to automatically generate a letter of opposition to be forwarded to your legislator.
This movement is gaining traction because it misrepresents a huge tax increase as if it were an inconsequential "dime a drink". Many consumers have mistakenly interpreted this increase to mean the tax would only increase their costs in a bar/restaurant by 10 cents a drink.
Unfortunately, this tax will be levied on all alcoholic beverages at the manufacturer level. These amounts will be the absolute MINIMUM price increase you will see on the beverages you buy in Maryland!
We are looking at an economy that is just getting back on its feet, gas and food prices are rapidly increasing, and unemployment is just beginning to improve. This is not the time to raise this tax!We need you to help us fight back!