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Private Sector Not Supportive Of Gas Tax Hike

February 16th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Earlier this week, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley unveiled legislation to begin collecting the state's sales tax on gasoline purchases. As promised the bill phases in the state’s 6% sales tax on gasoline over three years. The governor is introducing the bill at a time when gas prices are increasing. Currently AAA-Mid-Atlantic reports the average for regular in Maryland is $3.58 a gallon. O’Malley said the sales tax is still needed because the state's current gasoline tax of 23.5-cents-per gallon has not provided enough money for highway projects. Not surprisingly, the private sector is not supportive. Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Director Stu Czapski said he has been hearing from local businesses about the proposed legislation for months…





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