By Len Lazarick | Maryland Reporter
Two hundred sixteen candidates for the Maryland General Assembly have signed a pledge to raise cigarette taxes next year by $1 a pack, disappointing a coalition of business groups that had asked candidates not to sign the promise.
There are enough incumbents and front-runners on the list to win passage of the measure in the state Senate and House of Delegates.
At least one of the candidates on the list, the rare Republican signatory, said he would only vote for the hike if other taxes were lowered.
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