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O'Malley's proposed gas tax increase is bad for Maryland

Gov. Martin O'Malley is at it again, and his proposed plan to raise the gasoline tax in Maryland must be defeated ("Gas tax: Pay now or later" Mar. 13).

The brunt of Mr. O'Malley's new $3.4 billion gas tax proposal to increase funding for Maryland's transportation needs will fall squarely on Maryland's motorists and gasoline retailers.

Under Mr. O'Malley's proposed gas tax hike, Maryland's gas tax rate would skyrocket to 39.5 cents per gallon, and it would become the 5th highest gas tax burden in the nation if gas averaged $3.50 a gallon per year.

Having the 5th highest gas tax rate in the country would be another chilling reminder to business owners to ignore Maryland and choose business friendly states like Texas. This proposal from Mr. O'Malley is totally unacceptable and must be rejected.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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