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Franchot Continues to Apply Pressure for Relief of Gas Prices

June 30th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday joined small business owners and individuals impacted by high gas prices to continue applying pressure on federal and state lawmakers to take immediate action that would help ease the pain at the pump.  The event in Frederick came exactly one week after President Biden called on Congress, states and the petroleum industry to enact a series of measures that would lower record-high gas prices. The Comptroller, who serves as the state's motor fuel regulator, first floated a 90-day state gas tax holiday in March; Governor Hogan and the General Assembly agreed to suspend the tax for 30 days. Since the holiday ended in mid-April, prices have continued to soar and are expected to stay high through the busy summer travel season.  Additionally, due to an automatic increase tied to inflation passed by lawmakers in 2013, Maryland's per-gallon gas tax is set to increase by 6.6 cents to almost 43 cents on July 1…