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Pumping up gas prices [Editorial]

Pumping up gas prices [Editorial]

The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it's a safe bet that a lot of Marylanders will hit the roads to Ocean City and beyond. As often happens when mid-summer vacations beckon, gas prices are up and motorists may be tempted to fume about the state's fuel taxes, which increased on July 1.

They shouldn't. If anyone wants to find a culprit for rising gasoline prices, they should look to Iraq and other suppliers and not Annapolis. Here's how much more Maryland drivers paid for a gallon of gasoline after Tuesday's tax increase: .4 cents. Not one cent, not even one-half cent but...