Marylanders Paying More For Gas Than National Average

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The price of gas is sky-high this Presidents’ Day and the nightmare is far from over. Experts say we could be paying $5 a gallon before summer.

Kai Jackson explains what’s behind the spike.

Marylanders are fired up over the price of fuel.

You might know what the price per gallon is and you might have an idea of how much it will cost you to fill up but none of that information makes it any easier for Maryland drivers at the pump. Many are frustrated with the rising price of gas and the decreasing amount of money in their wallets.

“Gotta hate ’em but what can you do? I mean, I’m in the transportation business. Everything goes up,” said Bill Blakenship.

The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.56. It’s higher in Maryland, at $3.61 a gallon. Last month in Maryland, the average was 20 cents lower.

Governor Martin O’Malley is proposing a six percent sales tax on gas. He argues the state sales tax on it hasn’t risen in 20 years and says with a transportation budget shortfall, Maryland needs the money for infrastructure.

“If your budget’s already really taxed by all the rest of your bills, it’s hard to pay more for gas,” said Heather Moyer.

Drivers feel like they’re between a rock and a hard place where gas prices are concerned but some predict the governor’s proposed sales tax on gas won’t happen without a fight.

“But I do think that we can fight the governor on the sales tax on this one. I think enough people will speak up and it will not go through,” Blakenship said.

A number of state leaders, including Comptroller Peter Franchot, are against raising the gas tax.

  • Kelly

    If state government was run effeciently than there would be no need of a gas tax to pay for road repair. Another inept politician trying to raise more money from taxpayers to pay for incompetent management.

  • chearts77

    The economy is gonna crash and burn. OweMalley wants more gas tax AND a sales tax on gas; consumer goods will increase; economy is still in recession (despite what Washington wants us to believe). There’s always an excuse as to why they want tax increases. Didn’t they just raise all the tolls in MD for the transportation fund?

    • Jim

      I was thinking the same thing. I’m sure alot of people are thinking the same thing.

  • Brad Holmes

    This is only the beginning.

    • Jim

      Sure looks that way, doesn’t it? They wouldn’t let me post what I really wanted to say.

  • Jim

    Is it my imagination? or have politicians on all levels told us that’s it’s Us and Them alot lately. And are rubbing it in our faces. I’m not a puppy dog. I don’t need my nose rubbed in it. Why are they telling me to slow down on my comments? Is it CBS?

    • jim

      I also go by the name jim and they keep telling me te same thing!!

      No negitive posting here is permited!!!!!!!

  • hahaha

    The only gas omolly’s supporters are worried about is coming out of hubby’s hole

  • dave

    big gas tax big pension for his team


    Consumption is down in the U.S., but up in China and other countries. Oil production is up in U.S., but exported to China and Japan. Natural gas production is down because of government regulations. With these government regulations on natural gas, coal and other fuels we will never be free of OPEC. Obama and his administration are trying to force the buying of electric cars and not looking to convert to other fuels. I’m ashamed I voted for this man.

    • nancy

      why are we exporting any oil to china

  • dizzychixmd

    well kiss me first!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marian

    what would owemalley have to say if there were a mass exit from the state of md? then where would he get the money?? oh thats right, we got casinos so that taxes would not rise. or did i hear that wrong too. hey gov, you are behind in your rent for the manison we own. and don’t forget to use your owe car for travels. oh yes and the money for your all your trips and dinners.

  • Fred Grouell

    I’ll trade my Florida 3.96/gal for their 3.69/gal

  • Kate

    We should be developing our own resources here in the US. If we begin to open up Fed lands for drilling, prices (eventually) will start to go down. Where is Pres. Obama on this…?

  • bonneyweaver

    first of all the gas is cheaper in baltimore come to wv and see what it will cost wv gas is higher then baltimore gas

  • The Grump

    I dont care how much gas prices are in other states – MY gas price was 1.69 a gallon when Obama took over, and look what a mess he made – now the price is $3.65 and climbing. My message to Obama – Get the gas prices under control by November, pick up that pen and authorize that oil pipeline, authorize ALL offshore drilling, and open all of ANWR to drilling, or – YOU’RE FIRED !

    How embarassed African-Americans must be – the first African-American President had to be this guy. Could have been Michael Steele, but nooooo, it had to be Obama. So embarassing – the first Black President – a failure.

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