Brown: Gas tax opponents need economics lesson

Responding to likely gubernatorial foes who have criticized or pledged to repeal Maryland's recent gas tax increase, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Thursday said his opponents might need a lesson in economic development.


  1. As an employee providing services that require extensive driving, paying for my own gasoline – I would suggest the current Administration doesn’t know much about maintaining our economy. Their grabs for increased gasoline revenue (to build mass transit requiring substantial ongoing subsidization), energy revenue to subsidize inefficient and ineffective green energies (Wind power has failed to deliver what it promised http://www.telegraph.co.uk),their already increased sales tax and corporate taxes (not to mention the “rain tax” et al) have resulted in Maryland’s tax burden seeing Maryland’s economic outlook rating plummet to 35th in the Nation. By 2015 costs to businesses/employees who’s delivery of goods or services that require their driving/use of gasoline will either require significant increases in their charges to clients or simply ceasing to provide their services. In my case, the administration will be putting me out of business.

  2. I think Brown deflected the tax issue – investing in transportation infrastructure is really a secondary issue – I think most reasonable people accept that as a ‘given’ for any government – local, state, national. The primary issue is how to pay for it.
    Brown should have explained why the tax increases the state will implement on July were the best way to go.