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Maryland Governor Pushes For Changes In The Gas Tax

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Gov. Martin O'Malley says the state's gas tax doesn't raise as much as it use to.
Gov. Martin O'Malley says the state's gas tax doesn't raise as much as it use to.

O'Malley says the state's 23.5 cent gas tax -- which hasn't been raised since 1992 -- doesn't raise as much as it used to, partly because cars are getting better gas mileage.

One option would be to apply the state's 6 percent sales tax to gas purchases, instead of taxing by the gallon.

Gas in Maryland currently sells for $3.90 per gallon, more than $1 higher than at this time in 2010. AAA Mid-Atlantic says Maryland is just 15 cents below its highest-ever gas price of $4.05, set in June 2008.

Transportation funds depend primarily on gas tax revenues.

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