Governor Prepares To Push For Gas Tax Increase

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Sticker shock! Gas prices top $4 a gallon at some Maryland stations as the governor prepares his formal push to raise the gas tax.

Meghan McCorkell has more.

Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to testify in support of the gas tax increase Wednesday in Annapolis but rising prices here could derail any chance of it passing.

Punishing prices at the pump. It’s $4.05 a gallon at a White Marsh Exxon.

“It really hurts. $4.05 and that’s just for regular. I have to use mid-grade,” said driver Tim Smith.

“It’s killing us, man. We’re trying to make it here working every day and you can’t do it,” said driver Mike Milligan.

The average cost for a gallon of gas in Maryland is 23 cents higher than it was just one month ago. Even with the record high gas prices, the governor continues his push to raise the gas tax. Governor O’Malley says the state needs the funding to build better roads and bridges.

“We have really not been able to embark on any new projects and basically that pattern will continue without a revenue increase,” said Beverly Swaim-Staley, Maryland Transportation Secretary. 

AAA says now is not the time to hit drivers with an extra tax, especially since money from the transportation fund has been used over the years to balance the budget.

“We can’t support a gas tax without either a constitutional amendment or very, very strong protections to prevent that from happening in the future,” said AAA spokesperson Ragina Averella.

Senate President Mike Miller says it’s unlikely the General Assembly will pass a gas tax hike this session. He suggests a special session later this year.

The governor is proposing a six percent increase over the next three years. Eventually, that could raise the price of gas by 20 cents.

The last time the gas tax was raised in Maryland was back in 1992.

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  • think Maryland

    who will admit that they voted for this idoit ???????

  • Guest

    Hope all you Liberals are happy with Governor OweMalley.

  • John

    And this idiot has supposedly stated that he wants to run for president in 2016.
    God help us!!!!

  • John

    The problem now is that there are more turning out to vote who are on entitlement programs or here illegally than the workforce who pay their way. If the workforce would show up at the polls things would change. We need term limits on congress also…..

  • fed up

    if it ain’t $4.00 now when O’TAXEY IS DONE IT WILL BE AND ALMOST $5.00, I just would like someone to explain if gas is already taxed how can they put a tax on a tax, for those who don’t understand state gas tax and federal gas tax and then add sales tax on the other taxes!?!

  • think Maryland

    I’ve had enough of paying for all these illegal parasites..let’s cut off their free education and health care…that’s got to save us billions…

    • FAIL

      Second that!

  • YUP

    Wish I could still ride my bike to work. I say tax the hell out of it. Corporations will allow more telecommuting. Meanwhile, I better stay in the slow lane and hit the dollar store. Embrace change. The educated younger generation (<40) understands change happens.

  • John

    At least us Harford County people can say we didn’t vote for TAX-O’Malley. He cut us short the first time around because we didn’t vote for him. He must stay up all night and think of ways to tax the people of Maryland. Why do the the people of Baltimore continue to believe this person? He is taking everyone broke.

    • Guest

      He is only taking the hard working people of MD broke. Why wouldn’t people who live off the system continue to vote for people like OWEMalley. They get all the handouts while the hard working person pays for everything.

  • Truth Telling

    Thanks for your censorship WJZ. I’ll be calling your editor again in the morning. Next stop if this continues is a formal complaint to the FCC. I am not kidding.

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  • Debbie

    The taxpayers pay for the gas that carts O’Malley around. What does he care about the impact on taxpaying citizens? He is more interested in money to SPEND and the illegals and non taxpaying people who vote for him and his handouts. He has his own agenda and it is not the people (at least the working legal people) of Maryland

  • Carol Zimmerman

    I thought that the state lottery proceeds were supposed to go towards the up keep of roads!!!!! What is the lottery money being used for???? Govt waste and frivilous spending, thats what. Too many state employees getting over the top salaries. But we lknow that won’t stop, so they over burden the citizens and keep taking and taking our hard earned money.

    • jim

      The money is going for his illegals and welfare frends that voted him into to the office!!!!

  • Jeff Tumbauer

    We see that bid, the O’Mallard flying around the state, can be recognized by his sound ” Tax, Tax,Tax”

    • Wiseguy

      That must be the Official State Bird of Maryland………”The O’Mallard Duck”

      Hear it’s call..Tax,Tax,Tax…………

      What a quack !

  • Tired of Him

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if he does run for President and he looses the bid in his own state. Hope that would send out a message to voters about how much he was disliked here. I’m so tired of being taxed for everything.

  • PleaseMaySirMayIHaveAnother

    So ashamed of my home state.

  • Ratz

    I have to take 1 train and 3 buses to work. I was hoping to buy a car. This seems to be pointless now. It take me 2 hours to get to work. This is rediculous with these gas prices. I have actually seen people walk away from having there cars because they just can’t afford the gas. Gov. O’Malley, Enough is enough. I make less than $40.000 a year. 50 percent goes to paying into taxes. I did not get much back this year on income taxes. But yet you want more. this is insane. What is the point of getting a pay check, when you don’t even bring home enough to pay the rent. Never mind trying to get a second job.

    I say that we should go back to the barter system. Or shut down the State of Maryland.

  • Keith Scott

    Towson, MD (March 13, 2012) – The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce announced today that it is opposing any increase in Maryland’s gasoline tax this year. This is a change in the Chamber’s original position that it would support a modest increase in the current 23 cents-per-gallon tax, provided that the money is not diverted for other purposes.
    “We acknowledge the need for additional funds. However, uncertainties — including the sanctity of the Transportation Trust Fund, the potential for other tax increases being considered by the General Assembly, as well as a predicted increase in gas prices on the world market — suggest that now is not the time,” said Keith Scott, president and CEO of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Resource Center.
    About 70% of Chamber members have less than 50 employees and it is these companies who are at the greatest risk of not being able to withstand such an increase.

  • Chuck Walls

    I think its time for him and all the other OFFICIALS to start filling up their limos that we pay for. If they had to pay 100.00 bucks a tank to fill up their free rides,maybe they would think twice!!!!! Also make them pay their own auto insurance.
    The “PERKS” of the job have become to costly we need cut them out!!!

  • tomtom

    owemalley must be one of the snakes that st. patrick threw out of ireland. unfortunately this snake found his way to maryland along with the likes of nancy pelossi, its too bad that so many idiots decided to reelect this idiot as governor. he is a total blood sucker that is looking out for himself and you know he will run for a higher office and the garbage and illegals will put this snake in again. GOD SAVE US

    • yousefthe giant

      Hey, Leave that grease ball Pelosi alone, she needs the $$$$ to buy her Armani look.

  • yousefthe giant

    The man is a fool, people are mad & getting madder. I smell revolution in the air.

    • Truth Telling

      Really…. This jacka** may have no clue how deeply he is hated and loathed.

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  • Howard Gottlieb

    There has to be a point where politicians realize that they can only raise taxes just so much!!!

    Howard Gottlieb

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