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Gas tax plan must be stopped

Executive BranchConsumer ConfidenceBaltimore Red LineMartin O'MalleyMichael E. Busch

Taxpayers in Maryland must pay to the MOB — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Their expertise is the legal extortion of the state's taxpayers. Since Governor O'Malley took office, taxes and fees have been raised $2.5 billion. Their appetite for more revenue is insatiable. They run the monster, state government, and the monster must be fed. Whatever is left over is for taxpayers to feed and provide housing for themselves and their family. We can't call ourselves "The Free State" anymore.

This gas tax proposal must be stopped ("House committee approves gas tax increase," March 19). Not only will you pay more at the pump, you will pay more every time you buy something because if you bought it, a truck brought it. The gas tax will also be tied to the consumer price index. Then, the cowards don't have to make it public when the gas tax increases every year.

I'm not interested in paying for the Red Line and the Purple Line. I'll never ride them. It should be paid for by the riders. If that won't cover the expense, don't build it.

An increase in the gas tax will not increase jobs in the private sector. Maryland is too heavily regulated and taxed to attract a significant increase in new private enterprise. The MOB has already run all the Fortune 500 companies out of the state.

Mark McCauley, Abingdon

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