ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers say rising gas prices and the need to tackle a tough state budget are creating mounting challenges for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gas tax proposal.

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, when asked Friday about the temperature of interest in Annapolis for phasing in a 6 percent sales tax over three years, described it as about “25 degrees.” McFadden, a Baltimore Democrat, says the idea is “that cold” at the moment.

Oil prices are now approaching last year’s highs, pushing the national average to $3.65 per gallon, which is the highest ever for this time of year.

Delegate Tawanna Gaines, D-Prince George’s, says while many lawmakers understand more revenue for transportation projects is needed, the proposal is going to be “a very, very tough sell.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (8)
  1. maryland resident says:

    oh oh some of the politicians are getting scared now, before they all said yes to the tax now what happened??? oh yeah election jitters they may loose the gravy train and actually have to work for a living..GOD FORBID!!!!

  2. Debbie says:

    Well gee, if they vote for this tax and then don’t get re-elected they may actually have to start paying for their own gas and join the ranks of those who the Governor could care less about as long as keeps the coffers filled to raid for his budget balancing and pet projects. For O’Malley to even have this as a proposal when everyday stories of rising gas prices are front page is proof he is out for himself and not the people he represents. Let’s hope this stays as a “cold” project

  3. george says:

    The population isn’t growing that fast that we need all these projects. It’s just a earmarks for the big campaign contributors. Where did all the $$$ go from past years? This is B.S. & write you legislators & tell them they are history if they vote yes.

  4. The mechanic says:

    Fuc OMalley & his band of cromies.

  5. camo says:

    It’s a little late now,you should have voted OweMalley and the Mike and Mike show out last time around,Ever heard the term “lame duck”?OweMalley is the lame duck and he dont care,he’s busy with his next project,becoming President. So you can stand in the rain and jump up and down and scream and holler all you want but one way or another we’re all in for more taxes or fees or both.

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