Md. Considering Major Toll Hikes

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials are considering major toll hikes as a way to fund transportation. 

The Maryland Transportation Authority is already planning to increase tolls in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Tolls could jump 27 percent in the first round of hikes. 

But a Department of Legislative Services report suggests that the authority also look into new ways to raise money. It needs the funds to maintain aging roads and pay the rising costs of debt service. 

One suggestion is to make more tolls all electronic, like those on the new Intercounty Connector. The move would ease traffic and allow the agency to raise rates more often. 

The state could also give discounts to drivers with E-ZPass transponders issued in Maryland, while charging the full rate to those with out-of-state E-ZPass accounts. 

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

  • Liberty or Death

    A fee is sooooooooooo a tax Bob, er, ah, I mean Martin!

    • O'Malley SUCKS!

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!! That was awesome! LMAO! I’d love to see someone shove that in his lying face! xD

    • buffett33

      let’s take care of illlegals, send them to school, etc. While I pay tuition and school loans and pay taxes and fees, too much.

  • ghop03

    add a fee raise that tax give illegals instate tuition guess i need to move to del.

    • Sea Dog3

      Please do!!

      • Fred Upwithitall

        You can go too, ass!!!

  • KottaMan

    I can’t wait for the economy to improve just enough so we can sell our house and get the hell out of Maryland. After being a life-long resident here, I can’t take this tax-and-spend anymore. In addition to being unfriendly to business, this state is becoming very resident-unfriendly as well. Good riddance.

    • BeAMan

      See ya!!!

    • Blueberry

      I love Maryland! Good bye!

    • mike

      agreed MD sucks. all they do here is tax more adn waste more, the government is solely responsible for everything so that is why it must tax everything and keep raisning those taxes.

    • MDequalsTaxes

      i am right with you!

    • independent

      Completely agree, KOtta. Some people take offense but it’s getting impossible to stay here. Last year I paid 40+% of my income in SSI, Income taxes, and property tax. There are many more taxes and fees paid that weren’t included in that 40% calculation.

      We’re approaching United Kingdom levels of taxation but with none of the benefits!

      • overtaxed

        I can tell you what taxes are like in 46 other states, they are LOWER, as we are the 4th highest taxed state, and the only solution Annapolis has is to raise them. Next year they will have the same story, not enough revenue.

        Do you live under a rock, or is your head is in your rear end?

      • Zac

        Then move somewhere else. I promise no one will shed a tear! Have a nice day and tell me how the taxes are everywhere else. . .oh I’m sure you will be complaining about them to!

  • Shore Man

    I hope more whiners like you leave Maryland. Maybe the traffic would be better and there wouldn’t be so much negativity. I always hear this complaining but never any solutions. If all of you formed your own states, there’d be anarchy and no transportation, hospitals or habitable environment.

    • Dave

      Get a clue…..EVERY other state has transportation, hospitals, and habitable environment….but they DON’T continually raise taxes all the time! Let’s give the ILLEGALS instate tuition, but tax the heck out of everyone else!!! Darn liberals!

      • fred

        Somebody has talk radio playing 24 hours a day I see.

      • AT

        Be quiet, “Rush Limbaugh.” Go back to your AM radio, keep your hateful comments there.

      • overtaxed

        If you do not agree with Democratic idealogy you are “hateful”. AT, there was no hate in what Dave posted. It is high time we start paying close attention to the shady dealings in Annapolis, which is more to what Dave posted.

        But too many people in Maryland are blind liberal sheeples and will vote Democrat because WJZ and the Sun told them to.

    • MDequalsTaxes

      How about less taxes, the welfare state of maryland elects the same idiots every year who raise taxes in exchange for the welfare vote. if it wasnt for the rest of the country subsidizing us with over paid gov’t jobs we would be the next mississippi. get a clue you liberal elite idiot.

    • Go ahead and stay

      Be carful what you wish for. You just might get it. As more and more (working) tax weary individuals leave Maryland, taxes will only go higher to make up for their leaving. Who do you think will pay them? The illegals?

    • Happy in VA

      I live right across in VA dummy and taxes and cost of living are unbelievably lower than MD so get your story straight. And before you give another dumb reply I lived in MD for 28 years and left because I had enough and will never ever come back. You can have that communist place.

  • Ronald G Miner Jr

    Last year owe Malley stole these funds from the transportation fund to balance the budget. Now he wants us to pay for them again. The solution is really easy..stop voting for Democrats…

    • Not a boomer

      I’d rather not vote for the Religious Fundamentalist Corporate Benefit Party, which still goes by the name Republicans. Guess I’ll have to vote Democrat…

      • overtaxed

        The Democrats are hurting working people with higher taxes and higher regulation, so I fail to agree with your slightly clever analogy. The “Party of the People” really isn’t for the people.

        I suspect your head will remain firmly planted in your rear end and you will continue to vote for the Culture of Corruption, and we will see taxes, fees and regulations pile up higher and higher. That is the Maryland way

    • TaxAndSpendForVotes

      exactly, the democrat part is the Tax Party.

  • Teajay

    Gov can I change my status to illegal alien so I can get the non citizen tax break? Was I born in this country and join the Navy so that others could move here and live not only with freedom but for free?

  • mike

    I didn’t vote for him what about you?

  • gschon

    That’s why it’s called “The Free State”

  • Sam

    After you pass through the “Free State” you can drive to Fort Myers Fl without paying a toll. Tax and spend……..pure Democrat.

  • Michael J Vogt

    One way to Beat the toll system from Baltimore to Philly or Jersey:
    $2 at the Tunnel then take 95 to 695 to RT 1 north. Take RT 322 to 95 North once in Pennsylvania. Once on 95 to get to jersey you can take 322 over to the Commodore Barry Bridge. 95 north takes you straight to philly.

    • trixxi

      Shoot, by the time you drive all the way around, you’d spend more than what it would cost in tolls on gas (not to mention the 2 extra hours)!!!

    • Bernard Mc Kernan

      Michael, Problem with that route is it will take you two weeks & very bad roads especially at night. I’ve done it.

  • Michael J Vogt

    From jersey or philly to baltimore:

    Jersey – Take 295 south and cross over the Delaware Memorial Bridge and pay the $3. Now take Rt 13 east to Rt 40 South. Then hop on 695 either west to get back onto 95 south the rest of the way…one problem is the traffic during rush hour it gets crowded.

    Jersey to Baltimore – Take 295 south to rt 322 west. Follow Rt 322 until you can get on Rt 1 south in pennsylvania. This will take you all the way down to rt 695 in maryland and only a short 1/2 mile distance to Rt 95 south. Nice scenic route through the hillu country. If you go this way in the fall stop by the conowigo dam observation area and you will get some good shots of Bald Eagles.

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  • Marty_OMalley_TaxMan

    I am going to tax you until you scream you, morons!

  • Jim

    Another way to “kill” business. All toll costs for truckers will be passed onto the businesses who will pass it along to the customers.

  • Debbie

    Gee what are they going to do to cover their out of control spending when they run out of things to tax?
    Amazing how it was wrong when Erlich did it but ok when they do it. What hypocrites who change their tune after they are elected.

    • jim

      Yhey will never run out they will just keep upping all of them when they want money. The key word here is want not need!!!!! They need!!! to cut the budget not keep adding to it.

  • Bernard Mc Kernan

    All of these “Thousands cuts” in a tax here & there will take there toll, (no pun intended) & in & of themselves will raise millions but fall far, far short of making up the budget of 1.5. Billion. Does anybody realize how much a billion dollars is??? The ill will & bad simmering feelings in this state against legislators elected by the people who based their trust to lead the way is abysmal. There is no stimulus to toss into the kitty this year to balance the budget or raid other funds such as transportation. Less government spending & cuts everywhere is needed & we want it now. STOP SPENDING GOVERNOR.

    • jim


  • Are You Really Surprised?

    What do expect from a socialist state dominated by inner city Baltimore and the D.C. suburbs?

  • Adrian

    I didn’t vote for O’Mally….. Thank you all who did…. Change is on its way..

    • Cheryl Sherpinski

      maybe do like AR did and have him run for President against OBAMA in 2012; it will get him out of MD!!!

  • bob

    We are both retiring in th next five years and are already planning our exit from this tax hole. The only people left will be the poor and the illegals and none of them pay taxes. Good luck!

  • Dave

    Hey Deb: Right on girly girl….They (DEMS) are doing it right now with Lybia….They keep talking about several nations on-board for this war, I mean Kinetic Action, BUT Bush had 30 countries, yes 30 countries on board going into Irqua and he had used chem weapons against the Iranian, Kuhwat and his own people to the tune of over 500,000 DEAD.
    This is what happens when the elite elect an EMPTY SUIT and then cannot admit they F/Up. Chris Matthews on Small Balls still has a tingle going up and down his leg for O’Bambi.

  • jason

    Why not take some more money away from us it’s not like the roads are getting any better from all this money. Makes you wonder where all this money is really going??

    • Bernard Mc Kernan

      The monies collected are in large part being spent for illegals & funding their social programs. Also pet pork projects that big lobbyists contribute to campaign funds. The “Government of the people by the people” is a slogan in name only buddy. Big $$$ connections get’s the job done & all of us little doggies follow suit.

  • Anna Marie

    What are they doing with the money that they bring in, such as the Lottery, the tolls which are way over priced, the sales tax that we spend every day, plus the state taxes that comes out of our pay? There are tons of other taxes also. Look at your phone bill and your electric bill with the taxes. Now they want to raise taxes on alcohol and snacks. Half or more of everyone’s income will be going for taxes.

  • outkasts

    Did you forget about the alcohol tax that just passed?

  • Doug

    Enough to start a Revolution.
    It’s already too high as it is.
    They take every dollar we give them and urinate it away,
    Willy Nilly .
    Start shrinking the damn government,
    and stop sticking it to the little guy !!

  • Bill

    I find it ironic that the state continues to work on the same stretches of highway every year? They take down the barriers for a few months and then reset them? 95 White Marsh? They have done something to that portion for 20 years that I know off. The HOV lane that is going to be the magic bullet to alleviate traffic? This road project waste, will catch traffic at a high density section of 95 and deposit it back onto a high density section by the tunnel? Northern Virginia has the same problem and has for years. The wasted money there has not solved the traffic woes at all. We spend more BS moneys for what? Jobs, ride by on any given day and count how many workers are on these refurbish projects? I also wonder how many have their work permits in order? This state is a disgrace to the Constitution and every citizen in it. This starts in Maryland flows thru DC and stops at the WhiteHouse.

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