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Drivers on Delmarva React to New Gas Tax Hike in Md. and Va.

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 SALISBURY, Md.- Gas prices may be down, but the gas tax in Maryland and Virginia is up.

Effective Jan. 1 the gas tax in Maryland increased by three cents per gallon and five cents per gallon in Virginia.

Prices at the pump are still falling, but for some drivers on Delmarva, the decline is hard to appreciate as attention shifts to an increase in Maryland and Virginia's gas tax.

Richard Woolfolk of Cambridge stopped at a gas station in Salisbury. He said he drives between 35,000 and 45,000 miles per year for his job. Woolfolk is not a fan of the new law.

"I'm not very happy to tell you the truth. I think here in Maryland, we pay enough taxes as it is right now," Woolfolk said. “We certainly don't need anymore taxes. "

In 2013, Maryland lawmakers voted to increase the state's gas tax in a series of increments to help fund transportation projects.

 " If it's going to redo the highways, it's good; if it's not, it's not [good], " said James Vathis, who was visiting from Orlando, Fla. He said he does not mind shelling out a few extra bucks on the road, if the gas tax makes a difference.

"No I don't. Not if it's going to redo the highways," he said. 

Improvements to transportation are not enough for others like Joshua Shelton, who said the tax could cause some pain at the pump.

" For people with jobs at convenient stores, and Wal-Mart and such; they [probably] can't afford it. I've been there. It's kind of ridiculous." 

Delaware's 23-cent gas tax remains unchanged, and it has been that way since 1995.

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