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Potential Gas Tax Increase Concerns Md. Motorists

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A big question on the minds of many Maryland motorists is whether there will be a gas tax increase.

Some state and county leaders on Wednesday called for a gas tax hike, which they said would be used to pay for transit and road improvements.

Patricia Steele of Federalsburg supports an increase, as long as it is used for the reason it is intended.

"If it actually is going to go to that I support it then, because I know the roads around here have a lot of issues with them, like pot holes and need a lot of maintenance and stuff," Steele said.

The Frederick C. Malkus Bridge and Route 50 in Cambridge are busy roads that need a lot of maintenance and upkeep, but some people fear the extra money from a gas tax increase will not be used on the Eastern Shore but for the Western Shore instead.

"It's going up that way, it isn't being spent on the Eastern Shore," said William Smith of Cambridge.

State Sen. Richard Colburn said a gas tax hike could be a huge blow to the Eastern Shore.

"Any increase in the gas tax would be very detrimental to the Eastern Shore specifically during these times when almost 90 percent of all the goods arriving to the shore are trucked in," he said. "And of course we truck out so it would be very detrimental to our economy."


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