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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Md. gas tax increase proposed

By Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A state senator says a proposal to shore up Maryland's transportation funding will include increases in the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, as well as a constitutional amendment to protect transportation money.

Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, said Tuesday he is still working on the details about how much to increase the gas tax and registration fees. He says his proposal will also include a constitutional amendment that would go before voters in November 2012 to prohibit the state from raiding transportation funds to make up for budget shortfalls.

Garagiola says Maryland needs between $400 million and $600 million in new revenues to address transportation backlogs.

By Associated Press  | February 1, 2011; 11:25 AM ET
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Yes yes... let's make the cost of living in Maryland higher than it already is while leaving salaries the same. Wonderful governing.

Posted by: wcc118 | February 1, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

As a MD resident, I'm completely in favor of this. You wouldn't know it by the way people react to the slightest fluctuation in gas prices, but gas in this country is CHEAP (too cheap)! Go to any western European country and you'll find that gas (by the liter mind you) is far more expensive, and transportation and day-to-day commerce seems to be fine over there.

We need to find a way to fill the funding gap, while discouraging the over-use of cars, improving our environment, and reducing congestion; raising the gas tax is one strategy to that end.

Posted by: dcdrew19 | February 1, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Potentially a good solution to budget issues. Maryland can't spend money it does not have. Residents that do not want to pay the higher gas taxes can walk, car pool, ride a bike, or take public transportation. For too long the state and federal politicians have made decisions based on getting reelected. They tell us what we want to hear, not what we need to know. In order build/maintain roads taxes must be paid.

Posted by: rjregan | February 1, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

How about increases on cigarettes and alcohol instead? If people want to smoke and drink themselves to death, let them. But don't raise the cost of living anymore than it is.

Posted by: MoCoPride | February 1, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

With rising fuel economy ratings of new cars (a very good thing), states and fed governments' fuel tax revenues are decreasing. In order to keep that revenue from falling, they must increase fuel taxes. The money consumers save from the increased fuel economy will far outweigh any tax increase.

Also, one of the best ways to reduce congestion is to raise fuel prices.

Posted by: matt_s | February 1, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

No free lunches, folks. You want to use the streets, pay for them.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 1, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

We could close the gap for our transportation costs by placing stationary speed cameras on more of the local residential roads, like Piscataway Road in Clinton, MD., where the posted speed limite is 30 mph, but people drive 60-70 mph on a regular basis. It would benefit two causes; safety for the school children heading to and from school and closing the budget gap.

Posted by: BROWNGA33 | February 1, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

To the person who claims gas is cheap compared to Western Europe. You have to look at the whole picture. In the US you have to drive at least twice as far to get anywhere compared to Europe, ie, work, shopping etc. Our public transporation lacks here compared to Europe. The best form of government is the smallest and most efficient. We need to reduce the buracreacy instead of constantly increasing taxes.

Posted by: luszlips | February 1, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

we dont live in europe-dont care how much they pay. we are in a recession and are taxed out the arse! if they want to save money, there are plenty of alternatives. stop giving money to illegals and people on unemployment that are taking advantage of the prolonged payouts. everytime there is a disaster around the world, we are the first to help out, but how many of them helped us after katrina or 911?

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | February 1, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Its twice as far to get anywhere because we had cheap fuel and ignorance of environmental impact. We lack public transportation because it was underfunded. Increased fuel taxes can start to fix both of these disasters.

Posted by: vmax02rider | February 1, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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