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Locals React To Md. Gas Tax Proposal

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SALISBURY, Md. - The next time you're pumping gas, your wallet may take a bigger hit because of a proposed three percent sales tax increase on gasoline.

Earlier this week, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. proposed a gas tax that would reportedly generate more than $300 million in revenue and be used to build new roads and bridges statewide.

"The taxes are too high now on gas and I don't see it going where it needs to be," said Mark Paterra of Salisbury.

Nathan Townsend of Pittsville said that "if it definitely gave improvements to the roads and all that and we were shown proof," then he would be for the increase.

Sen. Jim Mathias (D-Dist. 38) tells WMDT that the increase is a discussion to find a balanced solution to protect rural communities and the Transportation Trust Fund.

"When we look at public service, we have to look at where we go 20 years from now," said Mathias.

Mathias says that he understands a couple of road that need fixed, including Route 589 and Route 113. But before voting, he says he wants to hear what makes sense for the Eastern Shore.

"Just on face of raising the gas tax, I can't raise the gas tax. But looking at a long term solution where we're protected here on the Eastern Shore, you have to make sure that you're involved and engaged in those discussions.

"Because when I'm gone, the needs of the state are going to carry forward."

Right now, the gas tax in Maryland sits at 23.5 cents-per-gallon.

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