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Driving Becomes More Expensive in Maryland

July 2nd, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The cost of driving in Maryland officially increased on Monday, as gasoline taxes in in the state Maryland increased for the first time in more than 20 years, and tolls increased on the state's bridges, tunnels and roads. A 3.5-cent-a-gallon increase in gasoline taxes will took effect, as part of the transportation funding bill Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law in May. Money from that tax is used to pay for roads, bridges and mass transit. The taxes on gasoline are the results of the state phasing in a 6-percent sales tax on gasoline, as well as tying the current gasoline excise tax to the inflation rate. Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Jim Smith that because gas prices have fluxuated greatly across the state- and in many areas have declined recently- some people won’t even notice the tax hike at the pumps…

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