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Hogan Blasts O’Malley’s Gas Tax Proposal

Earlier this week Governor O’Malley again proposed increasing the gas tax, which, if enacted, would be his 25th consecutive tax hike.

Earlier this week Governor O’Malley again proposed increasing the gas tax, which, if enacted, would be his 25th consecutive tax hike. The Governor has already enacted 24 tax, toll, and fee increases that have taken an additional $2.4 billion every year out of the pockets of struggling Maryland families and small businesses. The Governor’s latest tax increase proposal is yet another regressive tax that hits the state’s most vulnerable the hardest. Maryland already has the highest income, corporate, and other tax rates in the region. If the Governor’s gas tax increase is enacted, Maryland will have the highest gas taxes in the entire region.

The Governor complains that Maryland has crumbling roads and bridges and the worst traffic congestion in the country, but what he doesn’t tell you is that it’s his fault. There has been no comprehensive transportation strategy from the O’Malley administration. Over a billion dollars has been diverted from the Transportation Trust Fund, and the vast majority of the billions of dollars that has been spent on transportation have been wasted on expenses that are completely unrelated to fixing our road problems. Now he wants struggling Maryland families to pay for his mistakes and his lack of leadership.

Over the last 4 years, Governor O’Malley has spent over $1 billion in dedicated transportation funds for things completely unrelated to transportation – even the money left in the transportation budget was also spent in the wrong place. In his 2014 budget, O’Malley proposes to spend $1.1 billion – a whopping 46% of our state capital and operating transportation budget – on public transportation, even though only 8% of us use public transportation to commute.

What we need is a coherent transportation policy that makes roads a priority and realigns spending based on how Marylanders actually travel. We also need the Governor to restore all of the money he has diverted from the Transportation Trust Fund and immediately appoint a competent Secretary of Transportation. The last thing in the world Maryland needs is another tax increase.

Last year Change Maryland was a leader in the fight against the gas tax increase, and successfully led the effort to kill the proposed legislation. An overwhelming majority of Marylanders strongly oppose more tax increases, and particularly oppose an increase in the state’s gas tax.  Our 30,000 members are outraged, and we will fight this with everything we’ve got in an effort to stop it again. If they ram this through, this 25th tax increase may very well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The taxpayers have had enough and are not going to take it anymore.

Change Maryland, the largest and fastest growing grassroots citizen organization in the state has been critical of the lack of a coherent transportation plan by the O’Malley Administration. They have argued against the raiding of the Transportation Trust Fund, the fact that road improvements have not been a priority for the past six years, and that the Department of Transportation is a rudderless ship that has been without a Secretary for more than 8 months.


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Joe Galvagna March 09, 2013 at 01:20 PM
What did you expect OMalley is from the left. All the left think about is tax tax take from the working people and give to non working. I do not mean unemployed I mean trash that does not want to pay their own way. Instead of more taxes why not cut some of the entitlement programs in MD. There is millions spent on programs to give free money to people that expect free stuff. Enforce what people spend tax payers money for food stamps, cut welfare, cut free money to illegals. We give more money away in MD to the trash that just suck the lfe out our state than we provided for our elderly. We should be looking for ways to help our older people not more taxes for them. A gas tax does not hurt the trash living off the tax payers they just sit at home and collect free stuff. OMalleys idea is take and spend. He and people like him have no respect for the working public just look at his record 25 tax increases. Enough is enough. I have an idea lets cut his salary and all of the Democrats as well as the Republicans serving MD in Annapolis that would save a lot of money on wastefully spending. Not take more money out of working peoples pay take out of elected officials that do not produce or emprove MD. An even better idea clean out the whole bunch in Annapolis and start over with some one with brains and respect for the people that elected them to office. Not only in MD lets go to the top including the waste Whitehouse. We are becoming a country of takers a dictatorship it must stop.
Mark March 09, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Thomas Sowell writes: .At the local level, the first response to budget cuts is often to cut the police department and the fire department. There may be all sorts of wasteful boondoggles that could have been cut instead, but that would not produce the public alarm that reducing police protection and fire protection can produce. And public alarm is what can get budget cuts restored. The Obama administration is following the same pattern. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, released thousands of illegal aliens from prisons to save money — and create alarm. The Federal Aviation Administration says it is planning to cut back on the number of air traffic controllers, which would, at a minimum, create delays for airline passengers, in addition to fears for safety that can create more public alarm. Republicans in the House of Representatives have offered to pass legislation giving President Obama the authority to pick and choose what gets cut — anywhere in the trillions of dollars of federal spending — rather than being hemmed in by the arbitrary provisions of the sequester. This would minimize the damage done by budget cuts concentrated in limited areas, such as the Defense Department. But it serves Obama's interest to maximize the damage and the public alarm, which he can direct against Republicans. I realize this is talking about the Federal Budget but it happens every day in local politics and its just a scam to collect more money.
Dick March 12, 2013 at 12:16 AM
The constant tax and fee increases must stop or O'Malley will continue to drive job creators out of the state as well as citizens, especially retirees, who will move to try to maintain their lifestyle. Maryland must learn to live within their means, the same as their subjects must do.
Dan March 22, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I am a small business owner in Maryland and fuel is the second greatest expense I have next to labor. I cannot afford to pay any more or I will go out of business. I am thinking of moving to another state that has lower taxes. Governor Omally along with the rest of the clowns (feds) are klling the economy and it neeeds to stop now. Lowering taxes will bring businesses to the state, producing jobs that will bring tax revenue.This is simple economics. Raising taxes only hurts the middle and lower class because the rich can just up and move to a state the benefits them and this is happening as we speak. The local and federal government needs to get out of the citizens pocket. If I can't afford it, I don't buy it. If my credit cards are at their limit, than I need to cut spending and pay down my debt. Our Government needs to take the same approach as working class families have had to. The government works for us "We The People" and we make the decisions on who keeps their jobs. We need to replace the current local and federal government.
jag March 22, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Sorry you have to pay a VERY small portion of the cost of the roads you use. So sorry the rest of us can't pay for the entire road and it be free for you. "This is simple economics." You complaining about government getting out of your pocket is rich considering you expect the rest of us to cover the costs for you and just give you a handout. Things cost money - deal with reality, please.

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