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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states across the U.S. are looking to raise fuel taxes they say are needed to pay for roads and bridges that are outdated, congested and in some cases, dangerous.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.
If you're sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out what's busting your budget this month, take a look at your gas receipts.
During a roundtable meeting in Annapolis, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot took a hard line against the plan, which the governor first unveiled on WTOP. O'Malley's proposal would phase in a 6 percent sales tax in addition to the gas tax over three years.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is a guest on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program.
A new report says the easiest way to raise more money to fix crumbling roads and bridges and aging transit systems is to make drivers pay at the pump.
WTOP's Kate Ryan reports.