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Governor O’Malley Would Like To Phase In Sales Tax On Gasoline

January 31st, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is talking about phasing in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline. O'Malley, speaking on WTOP-Radio, said Monday he believes that would be the best option for addressing transportation infrastructure needs. The governor, a Democrat, has been talking about the need to boost transportation revenues for months. He says the sales tax would be increased 2 percent annually for three years. O'Malley said that the sales tax would be in addition to the state's 23.5-cent flat tax on gasoline. The governor is expected to include this proposal in his State of the State Address on Wednesday. The governor says many lawmakers were reluctant to increase the gas tax, and suggested the sales tax as an alternative. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown addressed the importance of generating revenue for key transportation projects last Friday when he spoke at the PACE Legislative Breakfast…

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