Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is seeking to raise revenue by applying the state’s 6 percent sales tax to motor fuel purchases. O’Malley and other proponents of the tax expansion say it would provide funding to help with road repairs and other transportation needs.
However, history shows large amounts of any additional monies “designated” for transportation use tend to go elsewhere, notes Christopher Summers, president of the Maryland Public Policy Institute in Rockland, Maryland.
“We’re adamantly opposed to it,” Summers says. “For years they’ve transferred a lot of money out of the transportation trust fund to the general fund in order to balance the budget. Maryland motorists have already pa