Gas tax hike would hurt Maryland's economy

Once again The Sun is out of touch with economic realities in proposing an increase in the state's gas tax ("Pump up the economy," Nov. 25).

First, a gas tax is highly regressive and disproportionately impacts the poor. Second, according to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who (unlike The Sun) actually knows all the financial details of the state, we already have ample tax revenues in Maryland, which is one the highest-taxed states in the nation.

Third, the state needs to focus on creating an environment that encourages private sector investment and the creation of jobs. Fourth, we know that higher taxes are coming from the federal level, and the state and city piggyback on many of these.

The Sun should analyze the states where private sector jobs and private investment are growing. I am sure you will note that these are states with lower, not higher, tax rates.

M. Link, Baltimore

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