February 14th, 2013 by WCBC Radio
A spokeswoman for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says he is working to build a consensus with the Legislature for a measure to raise revenue for transportation needs this session. Talks about details are continuing. Senate President Mike Miller told reporters on Tuesday that O'Malley favors raising the sales tax to fund transportation improvements. The Senate president has pitched several ideas to help Maryland raise badly needed transportation revenue. They include allowing county governments to raise Maryland's gas tax by up to 5 cents for local transportation needs and selling or leasing the Intercounty Connector. Last year, O'Malley, a Democrat, pushed for a measure to phase in a 6 percent sales tax on a gallon of gasoline, but the proposal stalled. He says the proposals may not be popular, but its obvious something has to be done to increase transportation revenues.