Like many of my constituents, I am concerned about the impact of rapidly increased inflation and energy cost burdening the citizens of Maryland. A little-known fact is that the Maryland gas tax is connected to CPI (consumer price index). As inflation increases, so does Maryland's fuel tax; essentially, it is an automatic tax increase. Last quarter inflation grew 6.5%, with many economists predicting it will go much higher. With consumers facing a rapid rise in the price for all consumables and especially fuel at the pump, I believe it's time we stop the automatic gas tax increases. I have drafted legislation to do just that.
Help Me Stop the Gas Tax Increase!
I believe that all tax increases should be voted on and justified by your representative. Connecting a tax to an economic index like CPI is an automatic tax increase and allows politicians off the hook to explain it. Especially in times such as these, when we are all struggling to recover from the pandemic is no time to raise taxes. If you believe, as I do, that all tax increases should have a vote, will you help me by signing my petition of support to stop Maryland Fuel Tax increases?
Petition link: https://www.voteformattmorgan.com/gastax22