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Rising gas prices start to sink O’Malley’s tax hike
The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | David Hill

Posted on 03/02/2012 4:38:39 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ANNAPOLIS —Gov. Martin O'Malley’s proposal to increase the state’s gasoline tax is looking more and more far-fetched because of rising gas prices and persistent public outcry, say state lawmakers from both parties.

The Democratic governor’s bill to phase in a 6 percent sales tax on gas has been met with skepticism from Republicans and moderate Democrats in the General Assembly.

Now with gas prices climbing toward $4 a gallon and lawmakers focused on fine-tuning a state budget that could include several other tax increases, some legislators say they are running low on time and political will to tack on a gas tax hike.

“I think it’ll be near impossible,” state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., Anne Arundel Democrat, said Thursday. “At this point, I don’t see it having any energy to move forward. With the economy the way it is and gas prices booming, people are outraged.”

Since last year, the governor and leaders in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly have called for an increase in the state’s 23.5-cents-a-gallon excise gas tax, which funds road and transit infrastructure and has not been raised since 1992.

Mr. O'Malley proposed his bill last month that would apply a 2 percent sales tax this year on wholesale gas purchases, then tack on an extra 2 percentage points in each of the next two years.

The proposal eventually could add more than 20 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas.

Supporters argue that a tax increase is necessary to boost lagging transportation revenue and pay for needed road and transit improvements in the state. Mr. O'Malley said a 6 percent sales tax would raise $613 million a year and create 7,500 jobs related to construction and other projects.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: budget; gasprices; gastax; martinomalley; owemalley; taxes; taxhike; taxincrease

1 posted on 03/02/2012 4:38:45 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...
Rising gas prices start to sink O’Malley’s tax hike

Maryland "Freak State" PING!

2 posted on 03/02/2012 4:40:17 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Left unsaid is that O’Malley looted Maryland’s $700,000 transportation fund two years ago to pay for illegal alien and climate change programs, and now wants to hike the gas tax to make up the difference.


3 posted on 03/02/2012 4:41:29 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

The raids on the trust fund are mentioned in the full article.


4 posted on 03/02/2012 4:43:33 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
HA-HA. I said this weeks ago.

I would love to see him successfully raise gas taxes now just to see if stupid Marylanders once again whine and moan and bitch about rising gas prices after supporting this tax and spend radical raising their gas taxes.

I can survive the tax increases and Maryland voters deserve it.

5 posted on 03/02/2012 4:54:08 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Supporters argue that a tax increase is necessary to boost lagging transportation revenue and pay for needed road and transit improvements in the state. Mr. O'Malley said a 6 percent sales tax would raise $613 million a year and create 7,500 jobs related to construction and other projects.

That's b/c OweMalley and the rest of Maryland Gubbermint raided the Transportation "trust fund" and emptied it.

Time to ask Lil'Marty "Where's the beef money?

6 posted on 03/02/2012 4:54:36 AM PST by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Supporters argue that a tax increase is necessary to boost lagging transportation revenue and pay for needed road and transit improvements in the state. Mr. O'Malley said a 6 percent sales tax would raise $613 million a year and create 7,500 jobs related to construction and other projects.

That's b/c OweMalley and the rest of Maryland Gubbermint raided the Transportation "trust fund" and emptied it.

Time to ask Lil'Marty "Where's the beef money?

7 posted on 03/02/2012 4:55:37 AM PST by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: Timber Rattler

Precisely.


8 posted on 03/02/2012 4:57:12 AM PST by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ROFL!! Hardly.. it`s Maryland.. they LOVE tax hikes up there. It`ll pass with no problem.


9 posted on 03/02/2012 4:57:41 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ROFL!! Hardly.. it`s Maryland.. they LOVE tax hikes up there. It`ll pass with no problem.


10 posted on 03/02/2012 4:59:24 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

O’Malley came out the other day and said how lucky we were that we had a mild winter, and the roads wouldn’t need so much repair.

He failed to mention that the roads were never repaired from last winter. The roads down here in Southern Maryland are in terrible shape. Of course Southern Maryland is the last to get any help from this POS anyway.

I believe the same people who are thinking of passing on this tax bill will be facing a challenge in the next election anyway, since they decided we need same sex marriage. That isn’t sitting so well.I know Mr. Bohannon will be the first on my list to oppose.


11 posted on 03/02/2012 5:00:18 AM PST by Venturer
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To: sauropod

Owe-mally stole $700,000,000...not $700,000. The lib bum asshat should be in prison.


12 posted on 03/02/2012 5:03:46 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: sauropod

Owe-mally stole $700,000,000...not $700,000. The lib bum asshat should be in prison.


13 posted on 03/02/2012 5:04:38 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: sauropod

Owe-mally stole $700,000,000...not $700,000. The lib bum asshat should be in prison.


14 posted on 03/02/2012 5:05:33 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: sauropod

Owe-mally stole $700,000,000...not $700,000. The lib bum asshat should be in prison.


15 posted on 03/02/2012 5:05:46 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: sauropod

Owe-mally stole $700,000,000...not $700,000. The lib bum asshat should be in prison.


16 posted on 03/02/2012 5:06:36 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Timber Rattler

bravo


17 posted on 03/02/2012 6:09:35 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: ogen hal

What? Did you say something?


18 posted on 03/02/2012 6:40:42 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: sauropod

Owe-mally stole $700,000,000 from the highway fund...not $700,000. The asshat should be in jail.


19 posted on 03/02/2012 6:43:03 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: ogen hal

Sorry about the replete.


20 posted on 03/02/2012 6:44:05 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: ogen hal

...reposts


21 posted on 03/02/2012 6:45:10 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The western section of Maryland is two miles wide at one point. Almost nobody there is going to pay this tax. They will be buying all their gas in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


22 posted on 03/02/2012 8:43:39 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
You can buy these post its. Or make you own for whey you gas up at the pump.
23 posted on 03/02/2012 1:43:58 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
You can buy these post it notes. Or make your own for when you gas up at the pump.
24 posted on 03/02/2012 1:44:35 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; All
I received this email recently

Rally Against the Gas Tax this Saturday!

Please join us this Saturday, March 3rd from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the intersection of Route 40 and Winters Lane (Catonsville) to protest the Governor's proposal to increase your gas taxes from 42 cents per gallon to 63 cents per gallon. With gas prices approaching an all time high, YOU can't afford to miss this event.

We will meet on the parking lot of the HH Gregg closest to the intersection. We will have signs or you can be creative and bring your own. We will be sign waving and gathering signatures on a petition to oppose the gas tax hike. This is a rain, snow, or shine event. We are very close to stopping any gas tax increase.

Delegate Steve DeBoy (Democrat) is the latest politician to pledge to oppose any gas tax increase. We need to turn up the heat on Delegate Jim Malone and Senator Ed Kasemeyer and convince them that the working families of their district should not have to pay more taxes to support Governor O'Malley's presidential ambitions.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday at 11:00 AM at the intersection of Route 40 and Winterslane in Catonsville!

Best,

Trish Date, Joe Seehusen and Steve Bailey
Co-Chairs
Baltimore County Chapter
Americans for Prosperity

25 posted on 03/02/2012 3:54:57 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: sickoflibs
O'Malley ping


26 posted on 03/02/2012 5:31:29 PM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: RedMDer; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Let’s see.....

Percentage tax on gasoline

The higher the gas price, the more tax money the state gets

Now let me take a guess:

Number of local media who have labeled rising gas prices a “windfall” for the state = ZERO.


27 posted on 03/02/2012 5:41:58 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: KeyLargo

Where can you buy these post-it notes pre-printed? Thanks!


28 posted on 03/02/2012 5:46:27 PM PST by VastRWCon (The Middle Class is the Tea Party)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
see :#5
29 posted on 03/02/2012 7:37:26 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: VastRWCon

Gas Pump “Stick it to Obama” Notes (25 Pack)

http://store.visiontoamerica.com/gas-pump-stick-it-to-obama-notes-25-pack/


30 posted on 03/03/2012 5:58:42 AM PST by KeyLargo
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