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Md. House Appropriations Committee to consider fee increases

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee will be considering a plan to raise about $67 million in fees to help balance the state budget.

Delegate Tawanna Gaines, who chairs a subcommittee on transportation and the environment, said Friday the plan would increase a fee for vanity license plates from $25 to $50. The plan also would increase titling fees on new vehicle purchases from $50 to $100.

Those two fees would raise about $50 million and would be used to offset some of the money Gov. Martin O’Malley transferred from the state’s transportation trust fund.

The plan also calls for increasing a fee residents pay to file property records from $20 to $40. That would raise an estimated $17 million, which would be used to help restore school funding.