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“I think it’s a shame. I’m tired of them wasting our money,” said another driver.

The governor says raising the price at the pump is necessary, as money quickly runs out of the state transportation fund.

“Inaction has a cost and inaction has a price. And every year that we fail to update that 1992 approach is another year that we slip further behind and our congestion gets worse,” said Governor O’Malley.

The governor’s plan could raise $4.4 billion over the next six years to fund stalled highway and mass transit projects.

“I do agree that our roads need some work but I don’t know if taxing us more is necessarily what we need,” a driver said.

“It would be nice to know that it’s being put in a lockbox and locked up for highway uses and not put into a fund where they can raid it later,” said another driver.

Lawmakers are now trying to pass a lockbox bill to keep the money in the transportation fund.

The full Senate could vote on the gas tax as early as Friday.

The lockbox bill to prevent diverting funds from transportation would need to go back in front of the House to pass.

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