WAMU 88.5 : News

Senate President Proposes Putting Off Maryland Gas Tax

Play associated audio
The proposed gas tax is expected to divide Maryland lawmakers.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/87913776@N00/460375914/
The proposed gas tax is expected to divide Maryland lawmakers.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is questioning whether lawmakers in Maryland will have the appetite for a gas tax increase, especially after they wrestle with taxes under consideration to balance the budget.

Miller says it might be better to hold a special session later this year to take up new revenues for transportation to give gas prices a chance to drop.

Changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan approved by the Senate last week would raise income taxes to balance the state's books this year and cut an ongoing budget deficit in half in future years.

O'Malley is scheduled to testify tomorrow in favor of his proposal to phase in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline by 2 percent a year for three years.

NPR

So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.
NPR

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
NPR

Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
NPR

Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Leave a Comment

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