Raise gas tax and everyone suffers

Martin O'Malley

Regarding The Sun's and state Sen. Rob Garagiola's insistence on raising the gas tax, perhaps they do not understand the double tax whammy they are proposing. First, the tax will impact the citizens of Maryland when they purchase gas by increasing the price of a tank of gas at least $1.50. The second way the tax will harm Marylanders is by increasing the prices of goods and services.

For example, the tax will increase the price of food for all citizens rich or poor. With unemployment rates in Baltimore City of 11.2 percent, The Sun should not suggest that the government-created transportation jobs will solve that problem.

Also, we know from past experience that Gov. Martin O'Malley will proceed to raid the transportation fund and spend the new revenue from gas taxes elsewhere.

M. Link, Baltimore

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