MD Gas Tax Hike Moves to Senate

Mar 22, 2013


ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is poised to vote on a measure to raise taxes on gasoline in the state for the first time in more than two decades.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Friday. A majority vote would send the legislation to the Senate.

The House has made some changes to the proposal made by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month. The measure would still raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually, but more gradually than under the governor’s plan.

The bill would implement a sales tax that would rise by varying degrees between this year and 2015.

Maryland last raised the gas tax in 1992. At its current pace, the state is scheduled to run out of money for new transportation projects after 2017.