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Proposed gas tax fuels rally on Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville Saturday

Catonsville resident David Augenbaugh, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates in 2010, was among those protesting a proposed increase in the state tax on gasoline Saturday. He didn't get an argument from Quentanella Brown when he asked her to sign a petition opposing the increase. Brown said that she spends $15 a day just to get to and from work.
Catonsville resident David Augenbaugh, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates in 2010, was among those protesting a proposed increase in the state tax on gasoline Saturday. He didn't get an argument from Quentanella Brown when he asked her to sign a petition opposing the increase. Brown said that she spends $15 a day just to get to and from work. (Photo by Noah Scialom)

More than two dozen people rallied at the intersection of Baltimore National Pike and Winters Lane late Saturday morning to show their opposition to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed gas tax increase.

With no sign of the rain expected for the start of the weekend, many held signs that read "Say no to the gas tax" while others solicited signatures from drivers filling up at one of the three gas stations at the intersection.

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O'Malley's proposal calls for additional 6 percent sales tax added to the price of gas, which would cost Marylanders about 21 cents more per gallon.

Money from proposed tax is designed to restore money to the Transportation Trust Fund, which is used to pay for transportation improvements throughout the state.

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The Maryland chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a national organization dedicated to reducing the size of government, organized the rally.

At the rally, Catonsville resident Richard Martel, who ran against incumbent state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer in the 2010 general election, decried the proposed tax as "irresponsible government."

"It truly affects the middle class and poor folks more than anybody," Martel said as drivers honked their horns to support the rally.

"This is why this is such a strongly held issue for people," he said. "It affects people in their pocket book. It affects you in your week-to-week living."

Among the protesters was Catonsville resident Hafiz Habibullah, the owner of the Gulf gas station at the intersection where the rally was held, and another gas station in Randallstown.

Habibullah said the tax increase would hurt his business because people wouldn't by as much gas.

"We want to say to (Gov.) Martin O'Malley, 'Please stop this bill and please don't kill the economy more.' " Habibullah said.

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