Gas tax passes through the House

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The gas tax bill has passed through the House with a vote of 78 - 56.

It doesn't seem very popular throughout the state, but that doesn't matter because Maryland is now be one step closer to increasing the gas tax.

The bill was up for a final vote in the House on Friday and passed. Now the bill will move on to the Senate.


 

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The last time the gas tax went up was in 1992.

Governor O'Malley is proposing the gas tax to raise money for transportation projects.

Under his plan, the bill would raise hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

But the house has scaled back his plan by implementing a more gradual gas tax that would rise by varying degrees over the next several years.

The measure would apply a 1 percent sales tax in July in addition to the state's 23.5-cents-per-gallon excise tax. The increase would add 3.3 cents to the price of a gallon of gas. The bill also includes an adjustment for inflation that would add another half-penny in July 2014, for a total of nearly 4 cents.

 

There would be another increase of 3.7 cents on Jan. 1, 2015, with another increase in July 2015. 
 
The price would rise to about 12 cents by July 2015. 
 
Governor Martin O'Malley released the following statement in regards to the passing of the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013. 
 
"I am pleased that the House of Delegates acted today to create jobs by passing a 21st century infrastructure investment plan. The investment plan the House passed today is balanced, fiscally responsible and will support 44,000 jobs over the next five years. With new roads, bridges, and transit systems, Maryland will continue to be competitive at attracting companies to invest, grow, and create jobs. Today, we continue to be a leader in the region for jobs recovery. Maryland has recovered more than 86% of the jobs lost in the national recession. I urge the Senate to pass this plan quickly so that we can continue to help Marylanders find jobs and strengthen our middle class."
 
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Brian Witte with The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
 

 

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