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Posted at 4:17 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Miller asks new lawmakers to help raise gas tax

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for mike miller.jpgSenate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) on Tuesday used an orientation session for newly elected lawmakers to put in a plug for raising Maryland's gas tax.

Miller has been pushing the idea for several years as the state's backlog of transportation projects has grown longer. The tax of 23.5 cents per gallon has remained constant since 1992.

Neither House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) or Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) have voiced support for raising the levy this coming year, however.

"We desperately need the revenue," Miller said in an interview, ticking off a list of transportation needs that includes new transit lines in the Washington and Baltimore regions.

"It all depends on the governor," Miller said when asked about the prospects for raising the tax in the coming legislative session, which starts in mid-January. "If the governor wants to proceed in the first year, I'm for it. If he wants to wait until the second year, I'll wait."

Miller's comments to newly elected lawmakers came early Tuesday as part of a two-day orientation program in Annapolis. Miller, Busch and O'Malley were all elected to fresh four-year terms Nov. 2.

Separately Tuesday, the 12 Republican members of the 47-member Maryland Senate reelected Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) as minority leader and tapped David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick) as minority whip.

By John Wagner  | November 30, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
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Comments

In this economy he wants to create more taxes that impact the ability of people to go out and make a living? Insane!

In addition, raising taxes causes prices to rise on everything else because it costs more to ship goods.

How about Mr. Miller find more CUTS in the budget.

Posted by: navymodel1851 | December 1, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

In this economy he wants to create more taxes that impact the ability of people to go out and make a living? Insane!

In addition, raising taxes causes prices to rise on everything else because it costs more to ship goods.

How about Mr. Miller find more CUTS in the budget.

Posted by: navymodel1851 | December 1, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Maryland democratic elected officials have never seen a deal they wouldn't make or a tax they didn't love.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | December 2, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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