O’Malley Officially Proposes Raising Gas Tax In Transportation Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Prices at the pump may be going up. Governor Martin O’Malley has unveiled his new transportation plan, which includes an increase in the gas tax. It’s a move leaders say is critical. Meghan McCorkell has details on the new plan.

Governor O’Malley says his plan would generate $3.4 billion over the next five years.

Related Link: O’Malley’s Plan

Prices at the pump may take another hit.

“If we want better results, we must make better choices,” said O’Malley.

Flanked by House and Senate leadership, the governor announced a new transportation investment plan. With crumbling infrastructure, transit projects on hold and the state’s transportation fund near bankruptcy, leaders say something’s got to give.

“We know it’s a tough economic time. We think we’re doing this in the appropriate way that we can phase this in,” said House Speaker Del. Mike Busch.

Under a new proposal, the wholesale price of gasoline would increase two percent starting July 1–that translates to about two cents a gallon. In 2014, it would go up to four percent, about nine cents per gallon. The state’s 23.5 percent per gallon tax would drop five cents.

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