Maryland Could Raise Gas Tax for First Time in 20 Years

Additional revenue could fund state transportation projects.


While gas prices have been lower since Hurricane Sandy, a Blue Ribbon Commission has recommended increasing taxes on gas to help raise $800 million in annual funding for the Maryland Transportation Trust Fund, according to a recent WTOP story.

Each gallon of gasoline carries a $0.235 state tax, a figure that has been level since 1992, but with the transportation fund being raided to help balance the state's budget, lawmakers may consider raising it during the 2013 General Assembly, according to the report.

Gus Bauman, who chaired the commission that recommended the increased tax (in addition to upping roads tolls and fares, fees to trains and busses, as well as vehicle registration licensing and titling) told WTOP: "I'm absolutely convinced that people would be willing to pay another nickel as long as they know it will go to pay to fix this road in this county."

WTOP also interviewed AAA Mid-Atlantic's Lon Anderson, who predicted the tax would encourage drivers to "fill up in Virginia."

It is unclear how much a potential gas tax increase would actually raise prices at the pump.

Craig January 04, 2013 at 03:03 AM
These projects are a PIPE DREAM. You've been hitting the pipe too hard Wilson. Noooo way they have the money for both. Sorry. Maybe one, or the other, but not both. And you forget that a lot of sucker Dems come from places outside the Beltway. Why should a gas tax, which hits all Marylanders, pay for the 15% in MoCo and PG? How is that "fair"?
Craig January 04, 2013 at 03:05 AM
I don't want to be compared to NY. Yes, NY SUCKS and so does most of the northeast. I hate traveling there.. tolls galore, people with bad attitudes and big-money politicians. I DON'T want to live in NY and I DON't want their policies or gas taxes. THAT IS THE POINT YOU MORON. STOP EXPORTING YOUR POLICIES HERE.
Craig January 04, 2013 at 03:08 AM
The purple line is truly a pipe dream. Well said. We need to turn the pressure on these politicians. We need to organize and get heard, just like the leftists in this state.
Craig January 04, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Be prepared - gas taxes will rise. Just in time for the hyper-inflation of 2013-14. Be prepared. Get a bike now. Invest in gold / silver / platinum. The Fed is printing TRILLIONS while stupid parasites like MoCo ho-hum and complain about not having enough money. We're going to see prices and costs climb across the board. It will be insidious (that means bad) and it will destroy many families. Interest rates will have to rise, bringing about another recession. You've been warned.
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