Fill 'er up yesterday?
If you didn't, you're too late to beat the nickel-a-gallon gasoline tax increase that goes into effect today as part of a $500 million plan to get the state out of its budget crisis. Taxes will also go up or will be levied for the first time on a host of other items -- from cigarettes to newspapers to car-phone bills.
And the pinch will only get tighter. A second phase of increases goes into effect July 1.
The plan is complicated, though. Even Gov. William Donald Schaefer has trouble explaining how and when everything will take effect.
Details on page 1E.