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O'Malley signs gas tax, announces projects

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 4:02pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced the first round of highway and transit projects that will be paid for with Maryland's first gas tax increase in 20 years.

The governor signed the gas tax increase into law Thursday.

The cost of the projects is about $1.2 billion. In addition to about 10 road projects around the state, it also includes funding for final design for transit projects in Baltimore and the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

The gas tax increase is estimated to generate $800 million a year when fully implemented.

The new law levies a sales tax on gasoline that will amount to about 4 cents a gallon this July and another 8 cents by July 2015. It could rise another 8 cents by July 2016.

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