BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Time is running out for Maryland’s drivers to take advantage of lower prices at the pump.

The state’s 30-day gas tax holiday, enacted last month in response to soaring gas prices, is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. That means drivers should expect to spend roughly 36 cents a gallon more starting on Sunday.

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With the clock winding down, Comptroller Peter Franchot is suggesting that Marylanders fill up their gas tanks soon to head off a last-minute rush.

In a statement, Franchot lamented that lawmakers did not pass a measure to extend the gas tax holiday for 60 more days.

“A 90-day state gas tax holiday would have provided more substantial savings to hardworking Marylanders trying to make ends meet with everyday costs rising due to inflation,” Franchot said.

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Citing the state’s multibillion dollar budget surplus, Franchot said Maryland was well positioned to absorb the cost of extending the holiday, which has saved Marylanders an estimated $100 million.

As of Friday, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.678, while mid-grade was $4.168 and premium was $4.431, according to AAA. The price of diesel was $4.591 a gallon.

The national average was $4.073 per gallon.

The General Assembly passed the emergency fuel tax suspension in mid-March as gas prices crept past $4 per gallon amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Despite calls for an extension, lawmakers failed to pass a proposal to let the holiday continue.

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“It’s great that we were the first state to enact a gas tax holiday, but it’s distressing that we’re also the first state to let it expire when we have such a huge surplus that could have easily absorbed a longer holiday,” Franchot said.

Annie Rose Ramos