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Gas tax increase would hit small business hard

Petroleum IndustrySmall BusinessesMartin O'Malley

It was only a matter of time before Gov. Martin O' Malley and his groupies pushed another tax burden upon us ("House approves increase in gas tax," March 23).

House Majority leader Kumar Barve estimates that this increase will cost motorists $10.10 a month, based on the example of someone who drives 15,000 miles a year in a car that gets 25 miles to the gallon. That may be the case in his world, but unfortunately not mine.

My small business requires a truck that at best gets 13.5 miles to the gallon and an annual mileage exceeding 50,000 miles a year. Furthermore, who in there right mind believes the price of oil will remain the same by the year 2016?

If Mr. Barve ever needs a job to be performed at his residence or elsewhere, I hope he remembers that gas tax he signed up for, when he is in recovery from the sticker shock of the estimate.

Don Conrad, Arnold

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