From Del. Glen Glass:
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass, (R-Harford, Cecil), announced his full opposition today for HB 1515, which increases taxes on gas to fund public transit. “I am sad to report that one of the largest tax increases in the history of Maryland has just passed the Maryland House of Delegates. This gas tax, introduced by Governor O’Malley and the Democratic Leadership is a regressive tax which will hurt the poor, the elderly, small businesses and everyone else – this inflationary tax is legalized cruelty” said Glass.
Marylanders will soon pay 4 cents more per gallon of gasoline this summer under a transportation funding proposal to be voted on this week.
· A 23.5 cents- per-gallon excise tax will now become an eternal autopilot tax that keeps on taking and since it will be indexed to inflation and will continue to rise, forever.
· 1 percent wholesale tax by July 1, 2013
· 2 percent wholesale tax by Jan. 1, 2015
· 3 percent wholesale tax by July 1, 2015
· Totaling 6% in total wholesale tax increase over 2 years.
Additionally, most of this revenue will go to public transit – not to highways. Highway spending in 2008 was $239 million while transit was $750 million. In this year’s budget, highway spending is $228 million and transit is up to $965 million.
“This is ridiculous and polls show 72% of Marylander’s do not want to pay higher taxes for gas to fund public transportation. This tax wouldn’t even be necessary if we would not have raided 1 billion from the transportation trust fund” Glass lamented.
“How can the State tell our sportsman and boaters that we’ll take away their money, and give it to public transit and not call it stealing? I say keep your money, and spend it the way you see fit.
The Governor’s proposal is a continuation of the problem, not a solution to the problem. This is utterly unacceptable – we should not be raising the tax on gasoline to fund public transit whose 8% ridership levels have not changed despite a 30% increase public transit funding” Glass concluded.
The bill passed the House of Delegates under contentious circumstances.