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Virginia General Assembly

General Assembly approves gas tax hike

General Assembly approves gas tax hike

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...