From the Route 40 Republican Club:
Instead of cutting their budget, politicians in Annapolis are proposing to raise taxes at the gas pump to pay for increased spending. The Route 40 republican Club is organizing a letter writing campaign in conjunction with the Maryland GOP to defeat this job killing tax.
Raising Gas Taxes on already stretched thin Marylanders will negatively impact all ready tight family budgets and Businesses who employ Marylanders. If this legislation passes, the cost of everyday life in Maryland will increase; goods and services will increase on top of the inflated cost of commuting to and from work. Gas prices are already above $3.10 a gallon and rising. With the average cost of gas estimated to hit $3.40 or more in the next year, an additional tax on gas would cripple Maryland’s economy.
The Monies raised from this tax will go to Baltimore City and Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties. Harford County residents will help pay for roads in these jurisdictions with little or no benefit to their own.
Two bills have already been proposed in the state Senate (Senate Bill 714, Senate Bill 451) to raise taxes on gasoline and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding has recommended increasing the cost of gas.
The Route 40 Republican Club will speaking out against this new tax through a letter writing campaign and General Assembly testimony. The Club, which has over 100 members, will be writing letters and emails in the coming days. Testimony is being prepared by the Club’s board and will be presented to the General Assembly. We will be presenting updates on this issue to the club’s members at our March 10 meeting at 7pm at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in Edgewood. As this issues progresses Action Alerts will be available to our membership via electronic mail.
We must all take a stand. The Route 40 Republican urges all residents(regardless of your political affiliation) of Maryland especially those in the Route 40 corridor to to write your representatives in Annapolis and urge them to defeat the proposed increase.