February 20th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's proposal to phase in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline includes money for local road repairs, rules to make it harder to shift transportation dollars to other purposes and a mechanism to delay implementing the tax if gas prices spike. O'Malley introduced the legislation to lawmakers last week. While the Democratic governor had already discussed the general framework of his plan, some details had remained uncertain. With gas prices rising steadily and a sluggish economy continuing- State Senator George Edwards said he doesn’t see a lot of support for the plan on either side of the aisle. He said the state needs to take a big picture approach and address the real problem.