ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee will be considering a plan to raise about $67 million in fees to help balance the state budget.

Delegate Tawanna Gaines, who chairs a subcommittee on transportation and the environment, said Friday the plan would increase a fee for vanity license plates from $25 to $50. The plan also would increase titling fees on new vehicle purchases from $50 to $100.

Those two fees would raise about $50 million and would be used to offset some of the money Gov. Martin O’Malley transferred from the state’s transportation trust fund.

The plan also calls for increasing a fee residents pay to file property records from $20 to $40. That would raise an estimated $17 million, which would be used to help restore school funding.

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

Comments (5)
  1. edthe bed says:

    Stop government spending & no new taxes. A revolution is brewing in the minds of many.

  2. Chris says:

    This is ridiculous. I am so tired of all of my money going to a government that doesn’t know what to do with it. Is my life any better because they take more taxes? No! Ask yourself: Is yours?

  3. Marsha says:

    I would guess that raising a fee is only considered a tax when done by Gov Erhlich. When done by Gov O’Malley a fee is not a tax. Politicans–don’t you just love ’em!!!

  4. happy1 says:

    A fee is a tax right? Only when there is a Republican governor????

  5. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    A fee isn’t a tax after an election. I dosen’t matter whether it is a republican or democrate. The sooner people realize that they both the same party, the better off we as a people will be. Our government is run by a bunch of self serving idiots and will do and say anything they need to to keep their position and power. But we keep on voting the same people back into office and think we are going to get change, so I am start to realize who the idiots are. America better wake up because our government is not our friend. It has become a cancer that is going to destory our nation for their own personal gain. This is a fee/tax that nobody can afford to pay.

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