Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed 6 percent sales gas tax may be running on fumes.
In a hearing this afternoon, Gov. O’Malley is expected to testify before the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, in addition to the House of Delegates Environmental Matters and Ways and Means Committees.
He’ll speak on his plan to apply a sales tax to gasoline gradually by adding 2 percent to the tax each year for three years. This would generate about $613 annually.
This would be Maryland’s first gas tax increase in 20 years.
However, as gas continues to rise in our area, it’s easy to see why some Maryland Senate members are hesitant to pass a gas tax this year.
Virginia killed its gas tax proposal on Saturday in the Senate. Governor Bob McDonnell doesn’t support a raise in gas tax and urges lawmakers to pass his alternative proposals for supplement transportation funds.