March 8, 2011
The dire warnings of the last few years about inadequate transportation funding in the United States have come true. State and federal transportation trust funds are essentially empty, but transportation infrastructure requires additional funding just to maintain what already exists. Fuel taxes and other user fees flow into trust funds, and payments for transportation projects flow out. Federal officials have tried stop-gap measures for the federal trust fund, such as shifting general funds into it. In Maryland, on the other hand, the trust fund has been a source for transfers to the general fund.
April 22, 2008
With gas prices so high, consumers are likely to react favorably to just about any plan that might bring them down. But the latest proposal - to create a summer-long "tax holiday" and offered by Sen. John McCain - is such a spectacularly bad idea that it's hard to believe it's getting serious consideration. Temporarily suspending the federal gas tax could not only harm the nation's transportation infrastructure but also further drive up prices, an outcome that would enrich oil companies without offering a dime's worth of discount to drivers.
May 2, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Democratic cohorts have done it again, increased the gas tax. Will the tax be used to improve our highways? Not if the previous use of the fuel tax is repeated. It is noteworthy that not one Republican voted for the tax which will mostly impact working families. O'Malley is making a run for the presidency, and why not? He will fit right in with the Democratic crowd in Washington who advocate: spend and tax, abortion on demand, same sex marriage, gun outlaw, amnesty and tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, Obama-care, extended unemployment pay and increased entitlements for those who chose not to work.
June 29, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The fiercest debates over the tax bills in Congress may have centered on children, college and capital gains, but for many small interest groups, dozens of less conspicuous provisions buried in the hefty documents are the most crucial to their pocketbooks.Seafood processors in Alaska, precisely north of 53 degrees north latitude, are one group that stands to benefit. So, too, would the weekend yachtsmen and incidental fishermen who tool around in diesel-guzzling pleasure craft.
April 25, 2012
With the stunning end to Maryland's General Assembly, many have opined of the need to raise the gas tax in the anticipated special session ("Baltimore gets stranded," April 17). Supporters state that the "business community" overwhelmingly favors such an increase. Notably, many in the "business community" that favor the gas tax represent businesses that do not actually own vehicles. As a representative of the trucking industry which delivers the food, clothing, medicine and other goods Marylanders use, I can tell you that such support among businesses is hardly universal.
September 9, 2012
We couldn't agree more with The Sun's recent editorial caution against changing the revenue stream that feeds the Waterway Improvement Fund without first researching the likely outcome ("Bailing out yachts?" Sept. 4). It is accurate to say that the Marine Trades Association has long advocated increasing the number of boats registering in Maryland. No one benefits more than members of the boating industry and the boating communities from a well-funded and robust Waterway Improvement Fund.