County governments in Maryland could raise up to 5 cents per gallon on gas sales for local transportation projects, under the latest proposal made Thursday by the state Senate president on how to raise badly needed money for transportation.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has been pitching various proposals this week on how to raise more revenue for roads, bridges and transit projects. He said the latest idea would enable counties to levy up to 5 cents per gallon on top of the state's 23.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax, which hasn't been increased since 1992.
Earlier this week, the Calvert County Democrat suggested lawmakers consider a separate 3 percent sales tax on gas statewide to raise roughly $300 million. The longtime Senate president also recommended the state consider selling or leasing the Intercounty Connector, part of which is now open. Another proposal would set up local transit authorities that could raise revenue for rail projects.