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Reports: Legislation Could Raise Gas Bill for Marylanders

Legislation is on the table that that would allow gas companies to update old pipelines at a faster pace.

Would you pay more each month for gas utility service in exchange for updated gas pipelines?

A bill that easily passed both houses of the Maryland General Assembly would increase Marylanders' gas bills by $2 and allow gas companies to more quickly upgrade old pipelines that are near schools and neighborhoods, the Washington Post reports

Two senators, one from Anne Arundel County and another from Charles County, sponsored the measure, which is different from the current law because it allows companies to charge for upgrades before they are complete.

This pre-payment, which has been proposed five times in the past four sessions, according to the Post, is akin to deregulating the utility system, say some opponents. 

“This is about ending the structure of regulation that we have had for a century in Maryland,” said Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery). “Remember, these are monopolies . . . and in exchange for having a monopoly we highly regulate these industries so they don’t rob us blind.”

The Post reports that the bill is making its way to Gov. Martin O'Malley to be signed, but it is unclear what the governor intends to do.

What do you think? Is paying more each month the best way to ensure upgrades to old utility systems? Tell us in the comments.

Sanchez February 13, 2013 at 05:43 PM
"It's just 2 more dollars on your gas bill." "It's just one more penny on the sales tax." "It's just 5 more cents on a bottle." "It's just 50% more on your title and registration."
Sanchez February 13, 2013 at 05:44 PM
It's just: 20% Increase in the Sales and Use Tax (From 5% to 6%) Also included an expansion to Computer Service which was repealed in the ’08 regular session and replaced with the “Millionaire’s Tax”, a 6.25% tax rate on incomes over $1 million. The “Millionaire’s Tax” sunsetted on December 31, 2010. 18 % Increase in the Corporate Income Tax (From 7% to 8.25%) 20% Increase in Vehicle Excise Tax 117% Increase In Vehicle Titling Fee 100% Increase in Cigarette Tax 5% Income Tax Increase on Incomes over $150,000 (4.75% to 5%) 11% Income Tax Increase on Incomes over $300,000 (4.75% to 5.25%) 16% Income Tax Increase on Incomes over $500,000 (4.75% to 5.5%)
Sanchez February 13, 2013 at 05:44 PM
It's just: Key Bridge/Fort McHenry Tunnel/ Harbor Tunnel - 50% increase from $2 both ways to $3 both ways effective November 1 - 33% increase from $3 both ways to $4 both ways effective July 1, 2013 - Total increase 100% from 2011 to 2013. JFK Memorial Highway Section of I-95/Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge - 33% increase from $6 to $8 effective July 1, 2013 Bay Bridge - 60% increase from $2.50 to $4 effective November 1 - 50% increase from $4 to $6 effective July 1, 2013 - Total increase 140% from 2011 to 2013 Harry W. Nice Bridge - 33% increase from $3 to $4 effective November 1. - 50% increase from $4 to $6 effective July 1, 2013 - Total increase 100% from 2011 to 2013"
Sanchez February 13, 2013 at 05:45 PM
It's just: Vehicle Titling Tax doubled $50 to $100 Vanity Plate Fee doubled from $25 to $50 Land Recording Fees – doubled $20 to $40 Birth Certificate Fees – doubled from $12 to $24 Increase in Hospital Assessments adding 2.5% to rates Increasing Nursing Home Tax from 4% to 5.5% Parole Supervision Fee – doubled from $25 to $50 New Taxes and Fees in the FY 2012 Budget/BRFA 2% Premium Tax on the Injured Worker Insurance Fund (IWIF) Payroll Garnishment Fee for State Employees Maryland Higher Education Commission Program Approval Fee http://rightcoastconservative.blogspot.com/2012/05/have-you-had-enough-yet-comprehensive.html C'mon whiners! What harm is 2 more dollars a month?

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