ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland House of Delegates advanced a transportation funding measure on Wednesday night that supporters say is badly needed, but opponents contend will be a terrible burden on Maryland drivers.
A final vote to send the bill to the Senate is expected Friday.
The legislation, which will gradually apply a new sales tax to gasoline, would raise hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new revenue. It also includes a provision that would enable the tax to keep up with inflation with automatic increases. A change approved Wednesday night on the House floor would cap an increase from inflation to 8 percent of the motor fuel tax rate effective the previous year. Eight percent of the current 23.5-cents a gallon tax would be about 1.8 cents.