ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — With gas prices on the rise, Sen. Rob Garagiola is proposing alternatives to raise revenue for
transportation projects.

One would scrap a 10-cent gas tax increase, but it would still index the gas tax to adjust for inflation while capping any
increase at 1 cent a year. Another would phase in a gas tax increase at 4.5 cents in 2011, 3 cents in 2012 and 3 cents in 2013, and cut indexing.

Both proposals would increase the state vehicle emissions inspection fee from $14 every two years to $40.

His amendments to his bill, which he discussed Wednesday at a hearing, would also increase mass transit fares and exempt farm equipment and commercial trucks and trailers from a vehicle registration fee increase.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. ratm33 says:

    Why dont you start by cutting all of your pay back. You are supposed to work for us, not find ways to get over on us. With cars the way they are made now you dont need emission stations, except to rip us off more. Where is all the money going that we give for tag renewal, license renewal, taxes, the allready in place gas tax, the tolls i pay, the federal funding you get. maybe you need to cut the govt spending. Like free cars, eating out every meal on our dime, maybe the govt employees need to pay for their health ins like the rest of us do, why should i pay taxes so you have free ins and i have to pay for mine.

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  2. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    OK, at least someone is trying to come with a better plan. This is much better than before. It is about time that mass transit fars increase and start paying for itself. Time and time again fuel tax, tolls, and vehicle registration fees go to pay for a program that benifits a VERY small amount of the general population in Maryland. Now add in the part that from now on, NONE of the money that is in or collected by any means for the transportation fund can be used to balance the budget and you might have something.

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