Article 6 of the Maryland Constitution, which senators and delegates swear to uphold, states that all persons invested with the legislative or executive powers of government are accountable for their conduct. Whenever the ends of government are perverted, the authors point out, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or establish a new government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

Taxing all Maryland drivers for the benefit of a few who use public transport does not show that any who vote for the tax are supporting the majority of the citizens who elected them.

The fact that the 23.5 cents per gallon excise tax would become a tax on autopilot that will continue to rise as it will be indexed to inflation only makes matters worse for the citizens of Maryland. The additional 6 percent tax, per gallon, that will take place over two years is not just six cents but at $4 a gallon, would be an additional 24 cents per gallon tax. Can you afford that and the existing tax that we already all pay?

I ask you to seriously consider contacting your representatives who you elected and ask them how this tax will be in the best interest of the citizens of Maryland.

Brian Blodgett

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