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MD Considering First Gas Tax Hike 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.

As of Dec. 26, gas prices throughout Edgewater and Davidsonville hovered around the $3.25 to $3.30 mark. Below is a list of local gas prices according to Motor Trend.com

  • Shell Gas - Solomons Island Road - $3.329/Unleaded 
  • Wawa - Solomons Island Road - $3.259/Unleaded 
  • Safeway - Central Avenue - $3.259/Unleaded
  • Exxon - Mitchells Chance Road - $3.259/Unleaded 
Leigh December 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Except that we do not have the assurance that "it will go to pay to fix this road in this county." I appreciate that this article is clear that the reason the fund is low on money is because it is being used to balance the state budget. So essentially the tax payers are again being fined for the bad money decisions being made by our elected officials. Terrific!
Ed Woods December 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
NO MORE TAXES!!...... Why are those three words so hard for elected officials to understand?? IF our current taxes were being used properly, we'd have enough money to fix the roads, and eliminate tolls on bridges and tunnels. It's time for a change to the State constitution to require voter approval for Government tax hikes and fee increases.
Melanie December 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but we are being taxed right out of Maryland. Making plans already to move elsewhere...
Nancy Lee Hall December 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
What are you kidding me??? This is a joke right?
Ed Woods January 08, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Melanie, no point in that. This Tax, Tax, Tax, is everywhere.......

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