Gov.Martin O'Malley's proposal for a 6 percent sales tax on gas is a bad idea. With the current 23.5 cents per gallon tax, consumers are already struggling to make ends meet. When a Maryland citizen doesn't have enough money to pay his bills, he is forced to cut his spending and adjust his budget. As steward of the public treasury, the same standard should be applied to our governor.

Creating jobs can be accomplished not by raising taxes but by cutting taxes to make the environment more accommodating to the private sector. It is after all, the private sector that creates wealth and jobs.

Dominic Pileggi, Columbia