Drivers Unhappy At Prospect Of Increasing Gas Tax

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With the price of gas as high as it is, the idea of adding more in gas taxes doesn’t sit well with many drivers.

Derek Valcourt has a breakdown of what we’re paying and what some lawmakers may want us to pay.

When it comes to major transportation projects, there’s a lot local governments want to do but there’s not enough in state coffers to do it.

The city says its top transportation priority is to build the red line from Woodlawn to Johns Hopkins Bayview. Carroll County’s top priority is to improve heavily traveled Route 32. Anne Arundel County says it needs to widen Route 175 near Fort Meade. If you add up the cost for just the top priority project in each of the 23 counties and the city, and the state would need an extra $12 billion.

Governor Martin O’Malley points out that’s money the state’s transportation trust fund just doesn’t have.

“You get what you pay for and there’s no way to build a $100 million bridge for $10 million,” he said.

That’s why the state Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding recommends raising the state’s gas tax by 15 cents per gallon over three years. The idea of an increase is being discussed in Annapolis and on the roads.

“I would sacrifice 15 cents over that period for improving the roads. I would,” said one driver.

“The roads [are] fine as they are,” said another.

Many drivers say the price of gas is already too high. That’s in part because of the high cost of crude oil, which makes up 75 percent of the cost of a gallon. Another 10 percent goes into refining that oil and five percent for distribution. The last 10 percent is our taxes. For every gallon, 18.4 cents goes to the federal government and 23.5 cents goes to Maryland and its transportation trust fund. Adding 15 more cents would make Maryland’s gas tax rate of 38.5 cents, the sixth highest in the country.

So far, lawmakers have not formally introduced any proposal to increase the gas tax, but it’s being discussed among the top leaders of both parties.

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  • We need more transparency

    The current administration tries to spin this by making the statement that the gasoline tax hasn’t been raised in twenty-something years. Well, I’d like to know how many more drivers and cars in operation today verses twenty years ago.

    Left or right, all of these politico’s are robbing us blind.

  • bmoregyrl

    I agree with you. There are more drivers now then there was 20 yrs ago. I am sorry I pay enough in taxes I don’t need to pay any more. Enough is enough and they need to find the money else where. Say no to gas taxes…..

  • Roy

    If there was a “Lobbiest” tax, all projects would be fully funded. STOP the gas tax.

  • tim

    if O’Malley did not raid this fund for other government give-aways this would be a mute point. STOP WASTING my tax dollars

  • BillyJ255

    First off O’malley robbed the transportation fund…ThenThey work on the same roads over and over again, instead of doing it right the first time..Now They want to reach in Our pockets again and rob Us again and again and again..
    When will Maylander’s wake Up and throw these bums out of office, oh that’s right We are a democratic state and just cant stand change..We had a chance for change with Brian Murphy but no we just hads to let 2 Butt Heads ( Omalley and Erhlich ) fight for Their jobs on Our expense..Again WAKE -UP MARYLAND. If O’malley thinks He will make it to Washington He has a rude awakiening ahead of Him..

    • Wiseguy

      Brian Murphy……LMFAO…..thats the funniest thing I have heard all week.

  • Ed

    I wonder how much further our tax dollar would go if we awarded the contracts to repair/build roads and bridges to the lowest bidder? Maybe we should insist on this first and foremost.

  • Jonathan Chiles

    Carroll county has wanted / needed to expand Rt 32 from Clarksville to Rt 26 for yrs. and I mean Years. Trust me, it is nothing that can’t wait for another 2 – to 3 yrs.

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  • BRAD T

    we dont need more taxes on anything in this state!!! we need accountability from the guvs office all the way down to the local delegates…stop the tax and spend democrats from taking more of our hard earned money!!!

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