Maryland voters should oppose any gas tax increase in 2012

A headline in your paper reported that "2012 called year gas tax must go up" (Sept. 20). Yet the article accompanying it failed to explain why.

Has everyone forgotten that Gov. Martin O'Malley cleaned out the Transportation Trust Fund to balance his budget? Not only did he raid the transportation fund, he raided several others as well.

The year 2012 needs to be the year that Maryland government lives within its means and that its trust funds are used as intended. These are not slush funds for politicians to hand out as perks.

Voters need to watch for any legislator who votes to raise the gas tax, then send them to the unemployment line in 2014.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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