COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ)—Pain at the pump. If you think gas prices are high now, there is a plan that could push them even higher.

Pat Warren tells us a hike in the gas tax could be just down the road.

A failed effort to increase the state tax on gasoline during the regular General Assembly session doesn’t mean the idea has gone away. The prospect of another bill may be proposed in a special session.

That’s right. Governor Martin O’Malley held a roundtable discussion on the transportation trust fund on Friday. And wouldn’t you know it, the gas tax came up.

This is where the rubber meets the road, and the wheel, and the axle and sometimes the muffler.

A plan to raise the state gas tax to cover road construction and repair was shot down in the General Assembly this session. As voters watched the price of gasoline go up and up, lawmakers backed off a plan to add their 12 cents to the existing 23.5 cents Marylanders already pay.

But that may not be the end of it. A special session in the fall could give the General Assembly another chance to pass it. But it may still be a long shot.

“There is one tax that the business community universally supports and that doesn’t matter what slice of it where you are and that is the gas tax. And there is one tax that the general public universally and unanimously opposes regardless of black neighborhood, white neighborhood, north, south, east and west and that is the gas tax,” O’Malley said.

But then, thousands of miles of bumpy roads could cause taxpayers to soften.

“I guess it depends on how much we’re talking,” said Katy Johnson. “It might be worth it. The roads definitely need to be improved.”

The money the state collects from the gas tax goes into the transportation trust fund, but that fund has been steadily depleted to cover budget deficits and put us on a bad road.

The General Assembly has to meet in a special session this fall to re-draw the lines for voting districts.

And when in session, other bills can come up.

Prices at the pump are creeping closer to the $4 mark. The WJZ pumpwatch shows we’re paying an average of $3.92 a gallon here in Baltimore. That’s more than 30 cents higher than prices last month.

Comments (301)
  1. fred says:

    SO THEY RAIDED THE TRANSPORTATION FUND TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. SO NOW THEY SAY THE NEW TAX IS TO FIX THE ROADS. HOW CAN YOU BE SURE THEY WON’T SPEND IT SOMEHWRE ELSE. THAT IS LIKE BORROWING MONEY FROM YOUR PARENTS TO PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL BUT THEN USING TO GO ON VACATION OR BUY DRUGS. WHAT A BUNCH OF LIARS. GIVING POLITICIANS MORE MONEY IS LIKE GIVING AN ALCOHOLIC MORE BOOZE. YOU WILL JUST BE ENCOURAGING THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR IRRESPONBIILE MANAGEMENT OF YOUR MONEY. TAKE IT FROM ME, I AM FROM MASSACHUSETTS. OUR POLITICIANS GET A STIPEND TO GO TO WORK SO THEY DON’T PAY FOR THEIR GAS ANYWAY SO WHY SHOULD THEY CARE HOW MUCH IT COSTS. I BET THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR CORRUPT REPRESENTATIVES – DO THEY GET MILAGE ALLOWANCES TO GO WORK?

  2. jimmy says:

    OMalley wants to steal more money from the transportation fund to pay for his welfare programs. So, the only way he raise taxes is to lie and call it a gas tax.

  3. Robert Ryan says:

    Your rage should be focused on the speculator parasites who are pushing up the price of oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel at a time when the world is awash in oil!

    1. Mark says:

      HaHaHaHa. Surely you jest !!!

      You really don’t understand much do you if you think speculators are causing the rise in gas prices. What a dolt !!

    2. overtaxed says:

      So we shouldn’t be angry at the Democratic “leaders” who STOLE money We the Taxpayer have been forced to pay with road taxes, tolls and fees? The money was paid by us, taken from the fund it was supposed to be in, and now we hear to fix our roads we need to tax for it.

      Annapolis democrats = liars and thieves, and King O’Malley is the Thief in Chief

      Another liberal with head planted firmly in rear end.

  4. Michael C. Metalios says:

    Dear Governor O’Malley,

    If you get this to pass, Maryland better have the most pristine roads anyone has ever seen. Just because you don’t feel it, doesn’t mean we don’t. I won’t vote for you. Ever.

  5. justin says:

    just know that every other county except pg, montgomery, and baltimore (with the city)is a republican county. but as we all know, this country caters to the minority. my fellow carroll countians, lets succede from maryland!

  6. Mark says:

    There’s a lot to love about Maryland. Unfortunately our money hungry governor is not one of them. He was a POS when he was mayor of Baltimore City and has gotten worse with more power. Somehow our “brilliant voters” never learn.

  7. Jay37 says:

    I am one Marylander ready to vote with his feet! Just bought a place in South Carolina where taxes are reasonable and you can still buy a decent light bulb. Three subdivisions in Maryland control the majority of votes – two welfare subdivisions in Baltimore City and Prince Georges County and one ultra-lib in Montgomery County. The Dems have basically told the rest of the state where they can go, and I for one am going.

    1. stacie says:

      Didn’t MD already tax the Millionaires out of the state? Now the average Joe… You Progressive’s sure are STUPID!!!!! LoL!

  8. smokehouse56 says:

    Maryland is a liberal state. You get what you put in office. Same with MA, CA & NY. All liberal to the core and run by tax and spend liberals. And I’ll run this by you. 50% of the people in the USA don’t pay any taxes and yet vote into office tax and spenders. Baltimore anyone. Black to the core, the Fed probably gets $6.00 in tax money from the whole damn city.

  9. Anna Marie says:

    I will say it over and over again – “What are they doing with all that “toll money” that they collect at the toll booths? If I had a dollar for every car that drives through those toll booths, I would be living well. At a time when gas is so expensive, the “rocket scientist” who is the governor decides to add more tax to gas. Thank you to all you nitwits that voted him back into office.

  10. NO Sense says:

    Okay, so now we’re gonna raise the gas tax when we seem to have the funds to let illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition rate. Makes alot of sense…NOT!!

  11. RAYMOND says:

    Well,Gov. O’Mally and the Democratic legislature could have done what Republican Ehrlich did – raise every fee in the state and then claim “we didnt raise taxes”. I agree that now is not the time to be raising fuel taxes – we are already paying too much for the liquid gold. But at least the Gov. did call a spade a spade and said they want to raise taxes.

    1. overtaxed says:

      O’Malley raised fees, why do liberals have to go around with their heads in their rear end? O’Malley also had all of those “a fee is a tax” ads, while he is raising BOTH

      He has to raise the tax because he has to cover what he STOLE from the transportation fund.

      Liberalism is a mental disorder

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