Gas Tax

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Even with the price of oil slowly inching up, gas prices at the pump are still some of the lowest we’ve seen in years. But whatever it costs to fill up your tank, in Annapolis there’s a debate simmering over how much the state should add to the gas tax.

Joe Getty used to be a senator on the state’s budget and tax committee. These days, though, he’s Governor Larry Hogan’s legislative director. The Carroll County Republican went back to his old committee this week to make the case for a key piece of his boss’s agenda: Stop the state’s gas tax from going up.

Maryland’s gas taxes are now up 3-and-a-half cents a gallon. Tolls at many major Maryland bridges and tunnels are also up. Baltimore’s spate of violence continued over the weekend, with at least five more shootings; more than 40 shootings have occurred in the last 12 days, and city officials say violence has reached a “crisis level.” Plus: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to endorse Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial bid today, the Baltimore County Council is expect to add its own version of "Connor's Law" to the books, a small plane goes down off the coast of Ocean City, three rabid animals are found in Baltimore, and more.

Carnival Cruise Lines says its Carnival Pride will leave the Port of Baltimore next year. Charges have been filed against the driver of the truck involved in May’s train derailment in Rosedale. Gas taxes and tolls are set to increase on Monday. Maryland’s legislative panel on prison corruption held its first meeting yesterday. Plus, the latest installments in our series “Rockets’ Red Glare” and “The Lines Between Us,” a look inside the Maryland Municipal League conference, casino news, and more.

As of today, it is illegal to sell or ship crib bumpers to Maryland consumers. The state’s gas taxes are set to increase next week. $107-million in tax increment funding for the Harbor Point development have stalled in the City Council. Baltimore’s speed cameras will take major holidays off (once they’re back online). Plus: Congressman Paul Ryan urges to MD Republicans to take back the Governor’s mansion, and a disputed (and months-old) poll puts Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown ahead of Attorney General Doug Gansler in the 2014 Governor’s race. Also: today will have more sunlight than any other this year, and this weekend’s full moon will appear larger than any other ‘till 2014. And more…

We round up some of the schedule changes in effect this Memorial Day. Plus: a look at why gas taxes in Maryland will be higher NEXT Memorial Day – and where they’ll go from there. Also: a look at a study on the need for a new Bay Bridge, the beginning of the summer boating season, and more.

Why Gas Taxes Will Be Higher Next Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Amid the increased Memorial Day travel, WYPR's Fraser Smith and Alexander Pyles of The Daily Record break down a forthcoming rise in gas taxes, which was passed in the General Assembly this year.

Hundreds of bills have been signed into law, including new restrictions on guns, higher taxes on gas, a stricter prohibition on using cell phones while driving, and plan to fund the renovation or reconstruction of dozens of Baltimore schools. Plus: a look at a new Justice Department study showing that the Baltimore City Detention Center has the nation's second highest rate of sexual contact between prisoners and staff. Also, we continue our series on chronic absenteeism in city schools, preview President Obama's visit to Baltimore, and prepare for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

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What a difference a few months make. The political trio of O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch that last year couldn’t pass a budget on time celebrated a bumper crop of successful bills.  Chief among them:  new gun controls and higher gas taxes.  Gas taxes are going up and gun ownership faces new hurdles thanks to legislation signed into law today by Governor Martin O’Malley and these top legislative leaders.