March 13th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Tomorrow, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley testifies before a pair of committees on his plan to impose the state's sales tax on gasoline. The governor has called the vote on this proposal "a tough ask" for lawmakers. However, the governor says it is necessary to generate money for highway projects. The bill phases in the state’s 6% sales tax on gasoline over three years. For the first three years the tax is in effect, the bill would halt tax collections for one year if gasoline prices increase 15% over a given year. Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine said that he came away from recent meeting with a staffer from the governor’s office, and the clear indication is that the increase will go into effect July 1 of this year no matter how high gas prices are at that time.