Gas tax reveals O'Malley's indifference

March 30, 2013

For the most part, our representatives in Annapolis have completely lost touch with the people they represent. The hard-working people in this state are being taxed to death. The gas tax hike is only the latest slap in the face to struggling families ("House approves increase in gas tax," March 23).

Since Gov. Martin O'Malley took office, he along with other elected Democrats have raised every fee and tax they could. The sales tax was increased, the income tax was increased, MVA fees have increased.

Now, they want to double the gas tax with a built-in mechanism to raise it again in the future without even having to vote on it. I read a quote from someone in The Sun who said the new gas tax would only cost the average family $19 a year. If you buy 20 gallons of gas a week, the new increase will cost $244.40. That's a lot to my family. That's a couple of weeks worth of groceries. How come the government never does with less? People in my family have had to take pay cuts and had their hours cut. Yet the governor continues to put the squeeze on the working man.

My family used to be Democrats. The Democrats used to look out for the little guy but the past few years have opened a lot of people's eyes.

They are no longer looking out for the people's interests. I know people who have moved out of Maryland to escape the high taxes. While my family struggles, the politicians either do not care or are unaware of the consequences of their actions. Either case is inexcusable.

Mark Merson

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