Alcohol Tax Hike Yes, Gas Tax Hike No In Maryland | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Alcohol Tax Hike Yes, Gas Tax Hike No In Maryland

Play associated audio

While the legislature did approve a hike in the alcohol tax, with much of the money going to school construction, it did not OK a plan to raise the state gas tax. The money raised by that would have gone to transportation projects.

Raising the tax as the cost of gas hits $4 a gallon isn't popular, but Lisa Fadden of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce says it's still needed.

"It's hard, but the truth is the gas tax is the system we have. It's the number one source of revenue to Maryland's Transportation Trust Fund. It's the system we have," she says.

Fadden says the state will have to show it has sufficient money for projects such as the Purple Line if it ever hopes to get matching funds from the federal government.

NPR

A Historic Backdrop Frames Forbidden Love In 'The Paying Guests'

Sarah Waters' latest novel, set in 1920s London, examines the moral consequences of passion. Though slightly too long, this book brings the past to life with exquisite clarity.
NPR

Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That's what happens when you DNA sequence your dinner.
NPR

Move To Curb U.S. Corporate Tax Dodges Could Delay Reform

Business and consumer groups say Congress needs to reform taxes, but few expect change soon. In fact, Treasury's tweaks to tax law may diminish the political will to address broader tax reform.
NPR

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi's Jammed Traffic

Traffic in major cities in the developing world can be a mind-numbing mess. A team at IBM in Kenya's capitol thinks it's found an answer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.