Gas tax

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to up the tax on gasoline and diesel and introduced a measure last week that would hike it by 4 cents a year over the next four years.

Then it would be indexed to keep up with inflation after that.

The Delaware Democrat said that it was important for those who use the nation’s highways to pay for the construction and maintenance of the country’s roads, bridges and transit systems.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland tolls are going down, but the gas tax is going up.

Drivers will be paying less to use bridges, tunnels and roads on Wednesday. The $6 cash toll to cross the Bay Bridge will drop to $4.

Many of the other discounts taking effect will require an E-Z Pass. For example, the discount of using the pass will go from 10 percent to 25 percent for the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels. That discount also will apply to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has voted on some of Gov. Larry Hogan's tax relief proposals.

The budget panel approved a scaled-back version of the governor's reduction in the personal property tax. It will be limited to companies with $10,000 or less in taxable personal property. Implementation has been delayed for two years.

While the panel voted against eliminating automatic gas tax increases, it decided to lower a cap for inflationary indexing from 8 percent to 3 percent.

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to increase the federal gas tax as the nation’s Transportation Fund is about to run out of money later this summer.

It’s not a new idea for the Delaware Democrat.

He proposed an increase back in 2010.

Carper wants to raise the gas tax by four cents a year over the next three years.

After that the gas tax increases would be tied to the rate of inflation.

The last time the gas tax was raised was in 1993, when it increased to 18 cents.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers have approved a $421 million capital budget for road and construction projects in the fiscal year starting Tuesday.

The spending package approved unanimously in both chambers early Tuesday is a decrease from the $477 million authorization for fiscal 2014.

The budget includes $155 million for transportation projects and about $200 million in new bond authorizations for school construction and other capital improvements.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Driving is about to get pricier for Delaware motorists.

State Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt told lawmakers Thursday that the Markell administration plans to raise tolls on Route 1 by a dollar on weekends to raise more revenue for road maintenance.

The current weekend toll of $2 will increase to $3. The weekday toll will remain at $1.

Bhatt also says his agency will increase borrowing by $20 million next year to pay for road maintenance and repairs.

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Senator Tom Carper wants to increase the federal gas tax by 3-to-4 cents a year for up to four years indexing it to inflation.

The Delaware Democrat says that would bring it back to the buying power of the 18.6 cents of 1993.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he says the increase would make sure that the nation’s bridges would be in good shape.

Carper not only chairs the Senate Transportation Committee but is also a member of the finance committee.

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As Marylanders hit the road this July 4th holiday, they will be facing hikes in the gas tax and tolls for most roads, bridges and tunnels. Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Medical marijuana and a measure addressing legal responsibilities related to dog bites are some of the remaining issues before Maryland lawmakers on the last day of the legislative session.

The session is scheduled to end at midnight Monday. Most major bills have already been passed, including: one relating to gun control; a gas tax increase; a Baltimore schools funding plan; and a repeal of the death penalty.

The medical marijuana bill will put Maryland on track to have a program at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is scheduled to take up a transportation funding measure.

The House is set to take up amendments on Wednesday to the bill, which would raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually in new revenue for roads, bridges and mass transit.

A House committee already has made changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to phase in a sales tax on gasoline over a longer period of time.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A House panel has approved Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to raise new revenue for transportation projects with some changes when various increases will take effect.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-4 on Monday for the bill.

It's estimated the measure will raise roughly the same amount of money as O'Malley's initial proposal, but it is being phased in more gradually in the opening years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Republicans are scheduled to talk about why they don't think the state should raise the gas tax.

Members of the GOP caucus have set a Tuesday morning news conference in Annapolis.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley last week expressed confidence that the Democratic-controlled House and Senate will reach a consensus on a new revenue plan for transportation.

O'Malley proposed phasing in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline last year, but the idea stalled amid high gas prices.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate President is proposing the idea of allowing county governments to raise Maryland's gas tax by up to 5 cents for local transportation needs.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller mentioned the idea Thursday along with several other ideas he has pitched this week to help Maryland raise badly needed transportation revenue. The proposal would enable county officials to add on to the state's 23.5-cents gas tax, which hasn't been raised since 1992.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A gas tax increase is among the ideas Maryland's Senate president is floating to raise badly needed money for transportation.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters Wednesday his plan includes a proposal to raise about $300 million annually with a gas tax increase.

Miller, D-Calvert, also is proposing regional transit authorities that could raise money for rail projects in Baltimore and near Washington. That way, those projects would be paid for primarily by people in those areas.

During an appearance at Marc Steiner's Annual Summit in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley made it clear he would be seeking new revenue to shore up the transportation fund due to run out of money for new projects by 2017.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared report on the summit and the governor's plans.

 

             AAA Mid-Atlantic says it cannot support Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed 6 percent tax hike on gasoline, unless there is a constitutional amendment that would ensure the increased revenue goes to the needs of the state transportation system.

            The automobile association said that the protections in the bill to prevent the use of these funds for other purposes are too weak, adding that the Trust Fund has already seen borrowing for expenditures unrelated transportation.

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to sell lawmakers on his plan to create a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline.

     The governor is expected to testify on the bill Wednesday afternoon before the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee as well as the House of Delegates Environmental Matters and Ways and Means Committees.

     His plan would apply the sales to gasoline in 2 percent increments for three years, generating about $613 million annually. Maryland's 23.5-cents per gallon gas tax has not been raised since 1992.

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is elaborating on his

proposal to phase in the state's sales tax to apply to gasoline.

     The measure is expected to be introduced Tuesday. It would phase in a 2 percent increase each year for three years.

     Local governments would receive a significant portion of the new revenue for transportation.