Budget Constraints Prompts Call For Gas Tax In Maryland

By WAMU 88.5
|  Monday, Feb 7, 2011  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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Budget Constraints Prompt Call for Gas Tax in Maryland

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Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to take $100 million from the state's transportation trust fund to pay for other priorities, but state Sen. Rob Garagiola's is floating a gasoline tax increase instead. Many shoppers don't like the sound of that.

"No, I'm not with that one. Everything's going up, but nothing's coming down," said Jeff, who works in Montgomery County.

But Garagiola said that's just a visceral reaction to the word "tax."

"When they look at our road infrastructure the money has to come from somewhere. I think they're going to be willing to support something as long as they know it goes to roads and transit. They don't want to spend their days stuck in gridlock," Garagiola said.

In spite of the public's skepticism, Garagiola's proposal is picking up steam and he has more than half of the sponsors needed to pass the bill, he said.

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