Raising the gas tax in a recession is a bad idea

January 14, 2012

Here's my take on the O'Malley-Miller gas tax: Gov. Martin O'Malley and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller had worked it out in a closed-door session that Mr. O'Malley would propose a 15-cent-a-gallon increase in the gas tax and Miller would knock it down to 10 cents. That way, everyone would feel good.

But — hello? — where did that $1 billion in dedicated transportation taxes go? Answer: Both parties plundered the money for other projects.

This is not about protecting Democratic or Republican turf; it's about the people you were elected to serve.

We do not need a gas tax in this economic downturn, when people are having enough trouble filling their tanks just to get to work and for basic travel.

Gas prices are now rising, and a tax would only exacerbate the problem. It looks like 2012 will still be sluggish economically. Why go deeper into the working man's pocket to create jobs when that will hurt others who are just getting by?

Instead of roads, Edgewood got the short end of the stick again with our train station. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had a design for a beautiful station that would have been a great addition to the community and an inducement to use mass transit. Instead we got a poor imitation of a bus stop for a train station.

We deserve better from our legislators.

Sam Gibson

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