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states across the U.S. are looking to raise fuel taxes they say are needed to pay for roads and bridges that are outdated, congested and in some cases, dangerous.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.
Governor Martin O’Malley’s gas tax proposal makes it harder for the state to use transportation dollars to supplement other needs. A bill to apply the state’s sales tax to the price of gasoline is set to go before the General Assembly.
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to phase in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline includes money for local road repairs, rules to make it harder to shift transportation dollars to other purposes and a mechanism to delay implementing the tax if gas prices spike.
Gov. Martin O’Malley fired back Wednesday at Comptroller Peter Franchot for criticism of O’Malley’s gas tax proposal, describing him as “kind of our version of Mitt Romney.”
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says a gasoline sales tax proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley would be detrimental to families and businesses.
The prospect of a gas tax hike this year stirs Marylanders to action. Demonstrations on both sides have already started.
Controversial remarks by the governor on a radio show have some business owners on edge, worried they could see the sales tax go up once again.