ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers say rising gas prices and the need to tackle a tough state budget are creating mounting challenges for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gas tax proposal.
Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, when asked Friday about the temperature of interest in Annapolis for phasing in a 6 percent sales tax over three years, described it as about “25 degrees.” McFadden, a Baltimore Democrat, says the idea is “that cold” at the moment.
Oil prices are now approaching last year’s highs, pushing the national average to $3.65 per gallon, which is the highest ever for this time of year.
Del. Tawanna Gaines, D-Prince George’s, says while many lawmakers understand more revenue for transportation projects is needed, the proposal is going to be “a very, very tough sell.”