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Gas Tax Has Lawmakers Scrambling

February 27th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

According to a recent report, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed gasoline tax would cost two-car families roughly $400 a year once fully implemented, if drivers are filling an 18-gallon tank five times a month and the cost of gas never rises. That prospect has taxpayers, drivers and the gasoline industry flocking to Annapolis to attack the proposal, which would add a 6 percent sales tax, or roughly 18-cents-per gallon, to the cost of gas over three years, on top of the current 23-cents-per-gallon tax. While most of the focus has been on the potential impact on the private sector- local governments with large fleets of vehicles will be forced to re-examine transportation and fuel purchasing policies. Allegany County Commissioners President Mike McKay said that while no county policy has been drafted to date to address the potential hike- as a private business owner, he already has plans to fill up his companies vehicles in neighboring West Virginia.

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