A Maryland transportation funding panel is leaning toward boosting the state’s gas tax and raising vehicle registration fees as it narrows down a list of recommendations for raising about $800 million a year in new money for transportation.
The state’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding won’t formally decide on the recommendations to Gov. Martin O’Malley and the General Assembly until Oct. 25, but the panel on Tuesday ruled out a sales tax increase or property tax increase to help raise the new money.
Gus Bauman, the panel’s chairman, said the commission’s top recommendation will be for state officials to end the practice of steering money away from the state’s Transportation Trust Fund to fill other budget holes. Bauman said the panel will recommend a constitutional amendment ending the practice.