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Next month, Maryland lawmakers will return to Annapolis to begin the 2013 General Assembly. One issue that could come up is transportation funding.
During a year-end review with reporters this week, Governor Martin O'Malley expressed frustration with state legislators' unwillingness to boost the gas tax, which hasn't been increased since 1992.
A call for increased fees in Maryland is more than just an effort to relieve gridlock, advocates say.
State Sen. John Watkins (R-Powhatan) proposed a plan that would increase Virginia's gas tax from 17.5 cents a gallon to 31.5 cents a gallon. The 14-cent increase would eliminate the need to add more toll roads.
No driver likes paying a toll, but more may be coming in part of the D.C. region
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is still pushing for the state's 6 percent sales tax to be transferred to the gas tax, even after the General Assembly voted against it.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday suggested that adding a penny to the general state sales tax could be a viable solution to raise much-needed revenue for transportation infrastructure projects. O'Malley told reporters he hasn't considered a special legislative session to address transportation.
As if gas prices weren't high enough, several states across the U.S. are looking to raise fuel taxes they say are needed to pay for roads and bridges that are outdated, congested and in some cases, dangerous.
The version approved by the Virginia Senate Finance Committee would index the gas tax with inflation, meaning it would go up slowly, tied to the inflation rate, above the current 17-cent tax.
State Sen. Rob Garagiola says he doesn't support Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to apply Maryland's 6-percent sales tax to gasoline purchases.
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