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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Truckers protest gas tax in Annapolis

By Associated Press

About 40 trucks have rolled by the Maryland State House to protest a proposed gas tax increase.

The Maryland Motor Truck Association and the Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association held a rally in Annapolis on Tuesday.

Mel Fair of the Beltway Cos. in Baltimore, says the proposed 10-cent increase to Maryland's 23.5-cent gas tax would hurt the state because truck drivers would avoid buying gas in Maryland.

Fair also says a proposed increase in the state's vehicle titling tax could drive trucking companies from Maryland.

Legislation in Annapolis is aiming to raise between $400 million and $600 million more each year for transportation projects. The state has a $40 billion backlog in a variety of planned, unfunded projects.

By Associated Press  | March 1, 2011; 12:09 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Maryland politicians...Never met the tax they did simply adore. The more money they have, the more money they will spend and, the money they will need.

They just don't get it. If projects are unfunded that means we can't afford them right now. So don't plan stuff unless you can pay for it.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | March 1, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Our elected officials have robbed the transportation fund for years, transfering to their general accounts enough funds to balance the books ala Bernie Madoff. The transportation projects they use as an excuse to propose this tax increase are just a means to an end. This state is headed for a show down similar to New Jersey,California,Michigan,Wisconsin and for that matter the U.S.Government.

Posted by: rgibb51 | March 1, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The Corrupt Washington Post did their damndest to bury this story for their boy Marty O'Malley. If this happened in Virginia, it would be front page above the fold..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | March 1, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Keep electing democrats maryland..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | March 1, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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