O’Malley Proposes A Gas Tax Hike In 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—The price at the pump will be getting even higher if Governor Martin O’Malley has his way. He wants to raise the gas tax.

Gigi Barnett explains the idea that may anger some drivers.

With the governor’s endorsement, it appears highly likely that the gas tax will be go up when lawmakers return to Annapolis.

Officials say there’s just not enough money in the budget to pay for both maintenance and improvements on area roads, tunnels and bridges.

Governor O’Malley says a gas-tax hike must be seriously discussed come 2012.

“Somehow we have to find a way to make the modern investments that a modern economy requires to create jobs,” O’Malley said.

Right now, the gas tax is 23.5 cents per gallon–an amount set back in 1992.

A state commission recommended raising that by 15 cents, bringing the Maryland’s sales tax to 38.5 cents. If approved, the state would have the sixth highest gas tax in the nation.

“But you get what you pay for. And there’s no way to build a $100 million bridge for $10 million,” O’Malley said.

Drivers feel they’re already paying enough.

“You find yourself working to buy fuel. And not working to buy food,” one driver said.

“I think about when it was almost four bucks a gallon. It was crazy!” said another driver.

The 2012 legislative session opens on January 11.

Experts say any gas tax increase would likely mean an increase in fares on public transportation.

The state commission recommends the gas tax be phased in over a three-year period, so that gas prices didn’t spike all at once.

Earlier this year, more than a quarter of the General Assembly co-sponsored a bill which would increase the gas tax by 10 cents.

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  • Bruce

    People really had the nerve to put him in on a second term? Wow, people get what they ask for. He is succeeding in rooting out those unwilling to keep up with the cost of living. Before you know it, you will have to be pretty darn wealthy to live in this state. What a joke. Yes the answer is to raise every damn thing out there that you can get your greedy paws on. O’malley is hated here in Balto Co for the most part. I still cant understand how people voted him in again. Hopefully there in a position where they can afford him. Shame. Shame. Shame.

    Mark my words, he will be taxing the air we breathe next.

  • Larry Hackley

    That’s easy for him to do. We pay for his gas. The politicians used the money set aside for roads on other projects.They borrow from Peter to pay Paul. Let’s stick it to the taxpayers again.

    • Meeee

      no that’s rob peter, there would have to be an insinuation that they plan on paying back to label as borrowing, its not even bartering anymore which it is supposed to more closely represent. we pay taxes and the system works, in theory. Now the problem, we keep investing in a corrupt, wasteful system, why dont we all help pay each other to protect ourselves with our own police, fire equipment, etc. We don’t need this overpaid government underworked(as in doesn’t work) govt.

  • Mary

    Isn’t he just the greatest thing since slice bread. Him and the Big O are on the same team. Take Take Take Tax Tax Tax . The are complaining about the wealthy don’t pay their fair share , Well Duh he is the wealthy Harry Reid Barney Frank Obama.. Lets see their tax returns.

    • Liberal Soldier

      The Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats. Stop picking sides. I can remember in 2000 we elected Bush and the country went to hell in a handbasket with the help of Republican majorities that did not stop Bush’s spending. Blame them ALL for this mess and stop voting them back into office.

  • cms827

    He is a swine. Thank you low life Marylanders who voted him in again. He is such a crook. Someone needs to dig in his past I am sure they will find alot of skeletons in his closet.

  • Bernard Mc Kernan

    Not one penny of mine will they take until they show accountability where the transportation fund monies have gone for the past ten years. This tax & spend business in Annapolis has gpot to stop, Too much tax money is siphoned off & into the general fund & squandered. Where has all the money earmarked for that fund gone since Parris Spending was gov. gone?

  • cathy

    I read we are # 5 highest state for taxes,tennesee and alaska and las vegas have no state tax,some states have no taxes at all,how do they do it,if they can md can find a way,I think it is because the big guys need more money,how about all the lottery money where does that go to,of course we have the people on welfare, which md is the highest state for that to I read, I am getting tired if it,give give give,

  • B Mesaris

    Is he out of his cathloic irish mind. He just raised the tolls on all the bridges we have to cross and now a gas tax hike to boot. I can’t wait to retir and move out of this money sucking state.

  • SkipjackIV

    Instead of raising the “fllush” and gas taxes, why doesn’t MOM cut spending? Oh, wait. He is a Democrat who loves to “tav, tax, spend, spend!”

    • Liberal Soldier


  • Steven Spiegel

    I dont get it! They raise the tolls at the bridges and tunnels . They constantly raise taxes yet every year or defacit is in worse shape! I got into trouble speeding and could not pay the fine so the judge offered me community service. I have been a bricklayer over 28 years and no how to work hard but set a pace were i dont burn myself out. Anyway i was at the dump picking up trash and at the end of each day they could not beleive how much work i got done everyday . The city workers sat around or drove aroung in brand new pickup trucks and did nothing . Thats just one place now imagine how much money is wasted behind the scenes. I would like to have the job to straighten up the workers budget . If i had 2 or 3 years i could evaluate each and every department and get rid of the dead wood . Thats what we need is a outside person to come in and clean house.

    • whatnow

      You make great points, the only problem is, if the government got read of all the dead wood, the unemployment rate would probably skyrocket to 50%!!!!

      • Meeeeee

        so… they better find a product or service needed. Do you understand the term supersaturated??? Maryland is. we are beyond our capacity.

  • Phil D

    Let’s see, we increase tolls on bridges and tunnels, to cover road maintenance. Then we increase vehicle registration to cover road maintenance. Before that we raised the state tax to 6% to cover maintenance cost. Now a gas tax hike! I wish I could go to my boss and tell him/her that I spend to much, now I need a raise. But it doesn’t matter, because people won’t cross party lines to vote the best candidate in. They would probably vote this pathetic excuse for a governor in again if the rules would let them. I wish the waste would be addressed, rather than increasing the amount of dollars to waste. Thanks a angry Maryland Citizen.


    wow!! why dont we all just bend over and grab our ankles b/c we are all getting @#$% in the a$$!!! Do they not tax us enough??? so angry

  • whatnow

    This state will always vote democrat because all the minorities really do believe what the news tells them, that the dems are for the “little” people and the republicans are for the “rich”, when actually the democrats are for the “gimme” people. People have forgotten the old adage “give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime”. (And I know, Erhlich was a republican but the only reason he was elected is because the dems wanted a republican in office when BGE was deregulated (thanks to Glenspending), so they ran a Kennedy that they knew would not win).

  • KottaMan

    This is more kak from O’TaxMe and I see no end in sight to the intolerable tax burden increasing here. We’re ready to move out after a lifetime here. Good riddance to a state government gone mad with power and drunk with irresponsibility.

  • fraught

    Just watched 8 big trucks, about 20 men and 6 days to put 5 taller streetlamps on the beltway. And remove the already working ones in the same spot.

    O’Malley needs to get his head outta his wazoo and see where his “shortfalls” come from. Yea, you.

  • Jeff

    If anyone thinks anyone in Gov’t is there for “the peoples” benefit you are sadly mistaken. These taxes will do nothing but pad the pockets of our corrupt politicians.

    If you are hired at a job to do something….anything… and you CONSISTENTLY don’t do it you are more than likely going to be fired very very fast.

    These people can’t balance a budget ever and keep adding “cost” to the taxpayers. They should all be fired and homeless on the streets. They commit fraud against every hard working american in this country every single day.

    I would think stealing from us the people and all of the other corruption they do would be classified as terrorism. Can we get the military to start detaining these charlatans indefinitely?

  • Kathy

    All i can say is he is an idiot

  • Jonathan Chiles

    Remember – they brought in 77 Million dollars this year from the speed camera’s as well. There was the toll increase, the alcohol increase, the state sales tax increase.

    But I am glad we didn’t vote for Ehrlich with his “is it a tax or a fee”

    Go Maryland !!!! Yay !!!

    I am putting money on the table, that he will try to run for Rep Bartlett’s seat in the coming years. It’s all about him, not about this state…

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  • marxistman

    All politics is a cancer. Write your local state senator , congressperson & demand a report of accountability where the transportation fund monies have gone in the last ten years. As taxpayers, we are entitled to this info via freedom of information act. Md was but one of four states that increased spending by 11% last year during these tough economic times. Tis is bad & getting worse folks unless you do something besides complain on a blog.

    • ha1

      ehh more like an std, shows up when nobody wants it and doesnt go away.


  • MD DAD

    Hey…somebody has to pay for that trip to India.

  • Debbie

    All politicians are crazy and crooks. I’m so sick of this state I can’t see straight. Raise the tax on gas and then food goes up because if it. Where does it end???? Today we are expecting a few flurries and there are snow plows sitting on the side of the road waiting for something to happen!!!!! What a waste of money. We’re paying people overtime to sit on the side of the road because they predicted a few snow flurries. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!! I’d love to get into their books and see just where all of the money is going. I’ll bet we could repair our roads, build bridges, etc., etc., etc.

  • jharper

    Pay no attetnion to the Unions behind the curtain.

    • Liberal Soldier

      Unions? Why would hard working teachers, nurses, firemen, waiters, hotel workers all try to raise their gas prices???? I know you are angry but direct it at the source. Don’t lash out at the working class citizens.

      • Liberal Soldier

        Kottaman. That is what I am saying. Direct it at O’Malley. Not at hard working Americans.

      • KottaMan

        Soldier, how about a clue for you? Union labor is being rewarded at every turn by OMalley with his outsized construction projects.

  • TruthTeller

    So, this Guv says, “And there’s no way to build a $100 million bridge for $10 million,” Is he kidding us or what. I can’t think of any place in MD that needs a new bridge that costs that much and I have been all over the state. He has simply lost his mind.

    • Liberal Soldier

      Agreed. This is borderline insanity to raise gas prices. Tolls were raised which are killing the trucking industry. Where is that money going? Some stinks in Maryland.

  • TruthTeller

    NoMalley and Parris Spendenning, as democratic MD governors, do share one thing in common aside from the taxation-to-death-of the state’s contributing residents. That commonality is that OTaxMe, like Spendenning in the past, will do the most damage to the state that he can before wiping his feet on all of us and moving on.

    • Liberal Soldier

      Marylanders need to make a stand on this one. Enough is enough. I would like to see where the Toll Fees have gone over the years. What was that money used for. I would like our elected officials to layout the case why workers, commuters, travelers should be taxed more in the state of Maryland. I don’t want to hear some BS about taxes on gas has not raised in 20 years. Make the case or face political doom.

  • financially m01es+ed

    So new Toll Tax, New toll Highway, raised alcohol tax, new gas tax, what next an oxygen tax. This is exactly taxation without representation. When can we bleed the tree of liberty…

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