The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval Friday to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed gas tax increase, raising costs for motorists while providing an infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars a year for new roads and mass transit projects.
The Senate voted 27-20 to approve the bill, sending it to O'Malley for his expected signature.
The legislation will raise taxes on gasoline in stages over four years — with a roughly 4-cent increase coming July 1.
By mid-2016, unless Congress allows states to tax Internet sales, motorists in Maryland are likely to be paying an estimated 20 cents a gallon more in taxes than the current 23.5-cents rate that has been...