I want to take the time to update you on my efforts to stop a significant and automatic tax hike in gas tax this year.
A little-known fact is that as inflation increases, so does Maryland's gas tax. Maryland's gas tax is connected to the rise of CPI (consumer price index), and as CPI increases, so does the tax consumers pay at the pump.
Inflation is at a 40 year high. With the excessive fuel costs, I believe my constituents need a break. Yesterday, my fellow Republican colleagues and I were trying to stop the projected $37.5 million gas tax increase by amending my bill onto a Democrat bill HB288 from the house floor.
Here is the link to watch the floor debate: https://youtu.be/Yj0UPL2kOBk
Here is the link to watch the floor debate on Facebook mobile: https://fb.watch/bvu7mncFph/
Unfortunately, the amendment failed.
There is still a chance to get this bill out of committee and onto the house floor. If you are concerned about the rapid increase in fuel prices, please consider emailing the members of the Ways and Means Committee: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Details?cmte=w%26m
Tell them that you support HB144 and would like for them to bring it out for a vote.