Friday, March 29, 2013
The bill that increases the gasoline tax by as much as 20 cents by 2016 now heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
A tax that will increase the cost of gas by as much as 20 cents by 2016 was given final approval Friday by the Maryland Senate. The bill passed largely along party lines by a vote of 27-20. Eight Democrats joined all 12 Republicans in opposing the tax increase measure. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign the tax into law. The final vote came after legislators suspended the rules, allowing them to take both a preliminary and final vote in the same day and allow many lawmakers to leave the capital to observe Good Friday. The bill increases the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A preliminary vote in the full Maryland Senate could be scheduled as early as Friday.
The Senate Budget and Tax Committee Thursday approved a bill that would increase the gas tax by as much as 20 cents by 2016. Sen. Ed DeGrange, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, joined Republican Sens. David Brinkley, Richard Colburn and George Edwards in voting against the bill. The nine remaining Democrats on the committee voted in favor of the bill as approved last week by the House of Delegates. With the committee's approval, the bill could be scheduled for a preliminary vote by the full 47-member Senate as early as Friday. The bill would increase the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government fails to pass an Internet sales tax…
Friday, March 22, 2013
The final debate on the bill turns contentious amidst accusations that House Speaker Michael Busch cut short the debate and opportunity to vote.
Tempers flared Friday afternoon following the debate and final vote by the House of Delegates on a proposal to raise the gas tax in Maryland. When the final vote was taken, the House approved the bill 78-56 but the actual outcome, and roll call vote, remains a matter of contention amidst accusations from Republicans that the debate and final vote were ended too quickly. The bill would increase the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government fails to pass an Internet sales tax. The tax is also tied to the consumer price index, which would allow for automatic increases without any additional legislative action. Those increases are …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Senate President's plan would raise $300 million through a sales tax on gasoline and would allow local governments to impose a 5 cent tax.
UPDATED (5:39 p.m.)—Maryland could raise $300 million for transportation projects under a plan proposed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Miller's plan calls for a 3 percent tax on the wholesale price of gas. That tax would be in addition to the 23.5 cents per gallon drivers already pay in Maryland. "Everybody is going to pay a gas tax," Miller said of his proposal. The additional tax would raise up to $300 million in additional funds, Miller said. The proposal would allow local jurisdictions to impose up to a 5 cents per gallon tax for local transportation projects. Miller said the idea is to let counties with specific transportation needs assess a tax to pay for those needs. "They would be able to meet the needs by the votes of …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A new poll by Annapolis-Based Gonzales Research shows support for banning assault weapons while only 25 percent of those polled want to see Gov. Martin O'Malley run for President.
Nearly two-thirds of Marylanders surveyed say a sentence of life without parole is an acceptable alternative to the death penalty. The results are part of a survey released early Wednesday morning by Annapolis-based Gonzales Research. The poll 801 state residents found that support for the death penalty in the state has slipped to 49 percent. In 2011, that same poll found that 56 percent of those polled favored the death penalty. Opposition to the death penalty comes from Democrats and blacks at nearly 60 percent each. Republicans, independents and whites all favor the retention of capital punishment, according to the poll. Gov. Martin O'Malley has made the repeal of the death penalty one of his legislative priorities for the 2013 Maryland…
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Gas tax, teacher pension shift, wind farming all were in limbo Friday.
With the legislative session set to end Monday, legislators plan to put in overtime Saturday in attempt to tackle big-ticket issues, the largest being the state's budget. While delegates and senators were approaching consensus on cuts, the two chambers remained far apart on new revenues. Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, D-Baltimore/Howard, submitted a compromise this week that would generate $309 million in revenue for FY 2013 without raising income taxes on those making $100,000 or less, a sticking point in the House. "The most productive days of most legislative sessions are the last three or four," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "If there's the will to get it done, we will have time to get it done." O'Malley's proposed gas tax has yet to be voted on…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Keith Madsen, who runs the Elkridge gas station, has gathered more than 750 signatures on a petition against the proposed legislation.
The tax on gasoline that Gov. Martin O’Malley officially proposed on Tuesday faces strong opposition in Elkridge. At the on Washington Boulevard, dealer Keith Madsen has already collected approximately 750 signatures from people against the tax, which would add a 6 percent increase on the price of motor fuel over a three-year period. "Prices are already up," said Madsen, who said government was trying to hit taxpayers in areas they couldn't do without. The increase would add approximately 21 cents a gallon in three years, he noted. "It's just so unfair." The governor said the tax outlined in the Maryland Transportation Financing and Infrastructure Investment Act of 2012 was essential to keeping the state and its transit systems running. "…
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
"All the easy options are gone. Let's just face it," said Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. "So now it's down to tough options.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
By Greg Masters, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Tuesday that a gas tax increase could help Maryland fund needed infrastructure projects and create jobs. His testimony before a joint hearing of the Maryland House and Senate came one day after Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would strongly consider a recommendation to increase the state's gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon as part of a jobs plan. "We need to expand our investments in Maryland's aging and overburdened infrastructure," Brown said, adding that jobs are the state's "most pressing need." O'Malley said Monday that he will consider the gas tax increase and other revenue-raising recommendations by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding, which will issue …