Since January, when Gov. Martin O’Malley proposed increasing Maryland’s gas tax, prices at pumps statewide have shot up more than 40 cents per gallon. Nationally, rising gas prices have dragged down President Obama’s approval rating. And some longtime proponents of a gas-tax increase in Maryland have distanced themselves from O’Malley’s plan, saying it should be shelved until gas prices fall.
To listen to O’Malley (D) on Wednesday, however, none of that should matter to lawmakers considering his plan to phase in roughly 20 cents more per gallon in state taxes to fund road and transit work.