With gasoline prices hovering at the $4 a gallon level, Maryland motorists can ill afford to pony up even more. According to Americans for Prosperity Maryland, Maryland motorists are facing a gas tax increase of more than 60 percent if O'Malley's transportation funding proposal becomes law. What's more, O'Malley's proposal indexes the gas tax to inflation, resulting in automatic gas tax increases without requiring a vote of the General Assembly. How very convenient. It is estimated that this gas tax increase would result in the loss of over 1,200 jobs and $250 million in economic activity. Highway construction projects are historically the politicians' payback of choice to generous campaign donors and politically favored interest groups. Rosapepe calls it "investment." I call it corruption.