Md. Drivers Flustered Over Rising Gas Prices & Proposed Gas Tax Hike

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The national average for a gallon of gas continues to climb to the $4 mark. This comes as state lawmakers are considering a boost to Maryland’s gas tax, and the combination has some drivers seeing red.

Gigi Barnett has more.

College student Chris Rowe has a car and a scooter. He’s switched to using the scooter most of the time. That’s slashed his gas bill down to a few dollars.

“If it weren’t for the scooter, every other day I’d have to go get gas, spend a lot,” Rowe said.

This week, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.77.

Add in the state’s proposed gas tax hike, and some drivers are fuming.

“I’m just trying to deal with it the best I can,” said Tommy Joe, driver.

“Find another place where we can raise taxes somewhere else on something else,” said Jenni Kohan-Gaffar, driver.

AAA spokeswoman Ragina Averella says several factors are to blame, and prices are only going to increase at a steady pace.

Drivers could see $4 or more at the pump by the spring and summer months.

“That is really when we see motorists cut back, combine their errands and it may even play a part in what they decide will be their summer travel plans,” Averella said.

Last month the national average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.48. Last week, it was $3.70. And this same time last year, the average was $3.50.

States with the highest gas prices include California, Alaska and Hawaii. Wyoming has the lowest.

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  1. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    WE ARE TAXED MAXED OUT. WAKE UP MARYLAND FOR SUCH A SMALL STATE MARYLAND HAS 352 TAXES. WHAT IS LEFT TO TAX? CAN ANY ONE HELP ME OUT. WHAT IS LEFT TO TAX/ I’AM BEGGING FOR INFO.

    1. TJ says:

      WE BEEN DOUBLE TAXED PIGGY BACK TAXED A PERSON ON MY BACK TAXED, THIS STATE IS SO CRAZY I’AM EMBARRSED TO SAY I LIVE IN,OR FROM MARYLAND

  2. RAUCHEL says:

    AFTER ALL THESE TAXES IN A SUCH A SMALL STATE . EVERTHING HAS BEEN TAXED. WHAT IS LEFT? EVERTIME YOU OPEN THE MAIL ON THE BILLS IT’S A NEW FEE.

  3. DAVE says:

    START CHARGING FOR THE AIR WE BREATH

  4. Stupidity Rules says:

    Look you all are misinformed. O”Malley does not want to raise the tax on gasoline. The gas tax is actually a methane gas tax for everytime you break wind. It is a tax to clean up the air that O’Malley is sponsoring to save the ozone layer.

    1. BARB says:

      WHO ARE YOU HIS WIFE?

    2. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

      STUPIDITY RULES./////////// ARE YOU TRYING TO BUMP AL GORE

    3. MISINFORMED PEOPLE says:

      STUPIDTY RULES YOU SOUND LIKE NANCY PELOSI. WE ARE JUST IMAGINING FORCLOURSES,. AND A LOAF OF BREAD $4.00

    4. rob says:

      I dont care whats it is for. I dont want to pay an additional 18 cents per gallon. The Stupid DEMS of MD should find a way to cut this money from their spending.

    5. Stupidity Rules says:

      It was a joke people. But I am sure if it was possible our tax and spend governor would sponsor a bill to implement a tax on it. Welcome to Maryland…What’s in your wallet?

      1. bdeish says:

        ha, nothing…

  5. STACY says:

    A TAX RAISE IS RAISE IS A RAISE. FOR THIS CITY AND STATE.DON’T THINK SO. WHEN YOU CAN’T TO YOUR JOB.

  6. Mike Harrington says:

    He wants more money so he can build more toll roads to take more of our money. Tar and feather him and run him out of the state.

    1. AMY says:

      HERE! HERE,TIME AND PLACE MIKE WOULD LIKE TO BE THERE

    2. meeeeee says:

      Can we revive the Salem method of purification on OSalley?

  7. Card says:

    Will the SAME person using different names please!!!!
    PLEASE Take off your Caps lock…LOL

    1. TJ says:

      YOU HALF TO RAISE YOUR VOICE TO GET MARYLANDS ATTENTION TO STOP THIS RUN AWAY TRAIN . THEN SO BE IT .IT IS WHAT IT IS. GET A GRIP HON. DON’T BE SO SENSTIVE ABOUT A LOUD VOICE BUT ABOUT PEOPLE NOT ABLE TO FUEL UP THERE TANKS,AND PUT BREAD ON THE TABLE.GET SENSTIVE ABOUT THAT. DON’T COMPLICATE THE ISSUES. DON’T LOCK ON TO SOMTHING SO INSIGNIFICANT AS CAPS ON A COMPUTER.THIS STATE IS IN TROUBLE, DIRE STRIATS

      1. Card says:

        Like Tax Malley will listen…
        I AGREE Though..🙂

  8. THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL says:

    ALL MARYLANDERS COMPLAIN ,BUT NEVER STEP UP TO THE PLATE.IT ENDS THERE. WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE AFAIRD OF?

  9. MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO says:

    THIS IS WHY YOU MENTION YOU ARE FROM MARYLAND IN NEW YORK YOU LABLED A IDIOT. YOU ALL RUN AROUND IN PURPLE. DEADBEATS THAT COMPLAIN, NON VOTING, LOSERS

    1. MONKEY SEE MONKEY DON'T says:

      THAT’S BECAUSE NEW YORKERS ARE THE DUMBEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET.

  10. Voice says:

    Vote republican get rid of the freebies for the porch monkeys.

  11. M.A.R says:

    IMPEACH THE GOVERNOR! HE IS A ENEMY OF FREEDOM!!!

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  12. biteme43 says:

    Here they tell you and I to reduce compunction of electric gas and gasoline and they keep raising prices because we are not using enough electric etc. they need to keep digging in our pockets to make more each quarter to make HUGE PROFITS what a bunch O B $thi

  13. biteme43 says:

    is there a tax yet for my nuts swinging lol my 2 x wives

  14. ed says:

    bite me don’t give omally any ideals

  15. charles says:

    has any one ever seen, omallly, mikulski, cardin, sarbanes, ruppersberger drive and fill up there own vechicle. exactly they are out of touch. our problem is you keep voting them in. i don’t want political correct, i just want a job a fair wage, the american dream

    1. ulysses says:

      I’ve seem Mikluski fill up @ the buffet.

  16. KottaMan says:

    Owe TaxMe s a socialist. He is also a spend-a-holic. This lunacy MUST stop.

  17. tylerjake says:

    Yet I bet there’s more than person here complaining, that probably voted for O’Malley! LOL, reap what you sew!

  18. TOO MANY FEES AND TAXES says:

    This State can get away with anything. Bottle Taxes in the City, Entertainment Tax at shooting ranges, gas and sales tax on fuel, Bag Tax in Montgomery County. We should only pay property and sales tax. Oh, and there is the flush tax, how about just rase the sewage fee. Businesses will and are being driven out of this State due to all the taxes and fees (same thing different name). The only people who can afford to live here are the wealthy and those on welfare, which the rest of us pay for. Lets reduce the number of citizens elegable for government assistance by drug testing, if you can afford the drugs (including cigarettes at $7/pk) then you don’t need assistance. Also, lets hold government responsible by requiring that all financial transactions be made public, its our money, we should know how it is spent. Lets create a fair tax system based on income and property value. If it weren’t for my love of the volunteer fire service in Baltimore County I would move to another state, with less taxes and fees (the same thing).

    1. Bill says:

      I’m so glad that the National Dialogue is changing and that people are waking up to the BS.

  19. meeeeee says:

    We must sacrifice Omalley to the oil gods as they are displeased. We must take Omalley to an oil rig and sacrifice his worldly body or prices will continue to climb

  20. Bill says:

    Well at least PEGGY JOSEPH doesn’t have to worry about rising gas prices.

    Remember, she was the chick who said that if she helped Obama out he’d help her out in return. To Paraphrase: OBAMA GON PAY MA GAS AN MA MO’GAGE!

    But hey everyone, with all this talk of war against Iran I hope you’re ready to lose a few dozen (mostly) 18-25 year olds from your hometown. We all know Israel will be sending us there and it doesn’t matter if it’s Obama, Santorum or Romney sitting in as Stooge-in-Chief. I got out a year ago, but I learned the game. I just don’t want to die in the Zagros for the Zionists.

  21. bdeish says:

    what would be really scary is if our esteemed governor starts getting serious about a possible presidential run in the future…the irish obama!

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