Gas tax hike: Robbing Peter to pay Paul

October 21, 2011

A recent headline announced that "Higher gas tax gets big-county backing" (Oct. 19), but I'm not sure I understand why.

Leaders from Maryland's two largest counties and Baltimore City asked lawmakers Tuesday to raise the state's gas tax as a way to fund road projects and create jobs.

Yet I wonder how many road projects and jobs could have been created if $650 million hadn't been "borrowed" from the state's Transportation Trust Fund since Governor O'Malley took office? Or the nearly $1 billion diverted since 2003?

How many people think that all of the gas tax increase will go to transportation, given the state's track record over the last eight years?

David Gosey, Towson

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