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Will Gas and Sales Taxes Go Up in Maryland?

Gov. Martin O'Malley said discussions on these two topics will take place in the next few days, as the state's legislative session gets under way.

Nearly 200 state senators and delegates from across Maryland met in Annapolis Wednesday to begin the state's 430th general assembly session.

The weeks ahead promise more than a few tough votes as Gov. Martin O'Malley's agenda may call for raising the state's sales or gas taxes to fund job creation initiatives and help address the $1 billion budget deficit.

Controversial and are also on the General Assembly's agenda this session.

O'Malley is toying with the idea of raising the state sales tax by 1 cent to 7 cents but will consult General Assembly leaders before deciding, said the governor during an interview with WEAA 88.9 Wednesday morning.

Also on the table is the much talked about 15-cent increase to the gas tax.

"We'll be rolling these proposals out over the next few days," said O'Malley, of the possible revenue-raising alternatives.

Between Jan. 11 and April 12, when the session ends, representatives will vote on a number of statewide bills, including the state's annual budget, as well as local bills by county or city.

Elkridge is split into two legislative districts: 12A and 13. Each district is represented by one state senator and two to three delegates. (To find out which district you are in, head to this website.)

District 12A

Edward Kasemeyer, Senator
Steven DeBoy Sr., Delegate

James Malone Jr., Delegate

District 13

James Robey, Senator
Shane Pendergrass, Delegate

Guy Guzzone, Delegate
Frank Turner, Delegate

Capital News Service contributed to this report.

Tony January 12, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Democratic People's Republic of Maryland at it again. More taxes to support the people who don't get off their butts, but rather live off the state and their handouts. Maybe they should actively enforce that the freeloaders are actively looking for and taking jobs that are available every single day in the papers, internet job sites, craigslist, etc instead of taxing us working people more? Every time the lemming people of Maryland vote in these Socialists like O'Malley they should know what they are getting. Of course the majority voting for him are the ones with their hands out.
Elizabeth January 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I don't understand why stupid people keep voting for these guys. I can not believe the gull of O'Malley. He should have taken the taxes from the alcohol tax to help pay the bills - NOT spend that money on stupid astro-turf at the high schools. I'll be sure to buy things out of state and on the internet.
Michael January 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
O'Malley just can't seem to get enough money from Marylander tax payers. Obviously, the value of balancing the budget by spending less is an elusive concept for our governor, as it is for most Democrats. But then, since many of O'Malley's Democratic supporters pay no taxes, and are dependent upon welfare services provided by the state and federal governments, why would they vote to change the status quo?
Adam R January 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM
My property tax assessment went down $60,400 this year. This means the revenue from my property will be reduced for the County in the form of taxes. Most of my neighbors are in the same sinking boat. This means revenues collected from property owners in Howard County will be declining this year. Why then are we always the first to increase spending in Howard County? Here is a novel approach: reduce spending and cut services that affect the least amount of people. Make the best with overcrowding schools in the short term, don't build 7 schools this year. Re-position the police force to better serve the community without adding new positions. Reduce the work force at Rogers avenue instead of spending millions to build a bigger building that will house even more workers. Do the same at the HC School Board on Rt 108. The private sector has been doing this for over 5 years, time for Howard County to have a taste of the real world!
Kim Dixon January 24, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Everyone's favorite leprechaun Omally. He needs a mask and a gun for the way he's robbing us blind.

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