Written for Americans for Tax Reform. Cross-posted atwww.atr.org/maryland-gas-tax-flush-higher-sales-a6683.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has proposed a one-cent increase in the state’s sales tax in order to close the $1.1 billion deficit facing the state along with a bevy of other tax increases. Hesigned legislationin 2008 increasing the state’s sales tax to six percent; his latest proposal would increase the tax to seven percent.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) has said he is not in favor of increasing the sales tax.