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 …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
A bill to raise gas taxes in Maryland died in committee during the 2012 session, but state and county lawmakers are asking to try again.
When the General Assembly returns to Annapolis in January, one topic state and county lawmakers hope gets raised is the gas tax, according to The Baltimore Sun. The 23.5-cents-a-gallon gas tax along with titling taxes and registration fees are supposed to provide enough money for transit projects like new highways, according to The Sun. Analysts project that all the funds collected for the capital spending program will only go to "system preservation" by 2018. According to WTOP, this is due to the fact that the gas tax hasn't been raised since 1992, and that the General Assembly has repeatedly raided the transportation fund in order to balance its budget. In 2011, a Blue Ribbon Commission recommended increasing taxes on gas to help raise $…
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Just in case you missed something this week, Patch brings you the week in review for Annapolis and the top stories that everyone's talking about.
Last week Patch told you about a potential new gas tax from Gov. Martin O'Malley and then sat in on the city's planning commission to hear about redevelopment plans for outer West Street. And that's just to name a couple of the stories people were talking about this week. We also have some detailed information if you'd like to know more about how to use the Patch site. Remember you can sign up to receive daily or weekly newsletters from Patch. We're also active on Facebook and Twitter. This week's top five stories (in no particular order):