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Gov. O'Malley Pitches Gas Tax to Lawmakers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says that failing to enact his gas tax proposal could mean additional costs to the state down the road.

O'Malley testified before committees in the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate Wednesday afternoon, asking the lawmakers to sign off on his proposal to apply a 6% sales tax to gasoline.

The plan would increase the tax by 2% annually and be put on hold should gas prices spike more than 15% in a given year.

O'Malley said that without the tax, which is projected to generate about $613 million annually, critical transportation projects cannot be funded.

Legislative leaders have said lawmakers will have little appetite for the proposal as they struggle to reduce an ongoing budget deficit.

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