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O’Malley Would Consider Gasoline Tax Increase

October 19th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday he will strongly consider a 15-cent increase in the state's gasoline tax, as well as other hikes in transportation-related taxes and fees that a state panel recommended last week. The increase, which would be added in 5-cent increments each year for three years, would be the state's first increase in the state's 23.5-cent-per-gallon tax since 1992. Seeking a way to raise more than $800 million for transportation projects, the Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission recommended the increase in the gas tax, which would bring in an additional $491 million each year. Also on the table are increases in the titling tax, vehicle registration and other Motor Vehicle Administration fees, and fares across all modes of public transportation. O’Malley says that the state and the nation have suffered by not being able to adequately invest in transportation infrastructure…

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