Fixing highways and bridges to improve traffic is a top goal of Maryland lawmakers, but where will that money come from? Some lawmakers want you to pay more at the pump.
While Maryland legislative leaders say they are painfully aware of the need for additional transportation money, they didn’t sound very confident on Friday during a preview of the upcoming session that there will be enough support in the Legislature to produce a revenue package of the magnitude that is needed.
County officials in Maryland are calling on the state to raise more money for road and transit projects, with a hike in the state’s gas tax among the sources they say should be considered.
A proposed state sales tax increase is back in play. Gov. Martin O’Malley floated the idea in January, and now it’s back as an alternative to adding the sales tax to the price of gasoline.
Increasing the state’s gas tax is a hugely unpopular idea but Governor Martin O’Malley says it needs to be done. To that end, he took his message to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon.
Sticker shock! Gas prices top $4 a gallon at some Maryland stations as the governor prepares his formal push to raise the gas tax.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller sounded doubtful Tuesday about the prospects for a gas tax increase, especially because of high gas prices and the fact that Maryland lawmakers will be wrestling with a proposed income tax increase to balance the budget.
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.
As if gas prices weren’t high enough, several states across the U.S. are looking to raise fuel taxes they say are needed to pay for roads and bridges that are outdated, congested and in some cases, dangerous.
Gas tax controversy. The battle against the governor’s proposal to raise it is heating up.
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.
State Sen. Rob Garagiola says he doesn’t support Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to apply Maryland’s 6-percent sales tax to gasoline purchases.
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