Tax will cause many to buy gas elsewhere

Maryland Democrats must be oblivious to the fact that people will buy gas where it is the least expensive ("Democratic plan raises gas tax," March 5). People, including truckers, going North or South on Interstate 95 will purchase fuel in either Delaware or Virginia avoiding paying more if Maryland is more expensive.

Those who live close to or work in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware or D.C. will purchase their fuel there. How much fuel revenue will be lost by increasing the price with taxes? Why are we funding more modes of public transportation when the ones that exist are not self-supporting and must be subsidized? Oh, I forgot, they are going to raise some of those fees by 10 cents, but will that pay for running them?

Maybe our legislators should be looking at ways to reimburse the transportation fund with cuts in some of the wasteful spending instead of adding additional fees onto the backs of the residents of this state.

Craig Garfield, Ellicott City

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