O'Malley's relies heavily on flagging gas tax for Maryland
Virginians would benefit from lower gasoline taxes and, experts say, better prospects at congestion relief than their peers in Maryland as the neighboring states weigh plans to raise badly needed money for infrastructure.
Sitting on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's desk is a transportation funding overhaul that eliminates the state's 17.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax but replaces it with a new tax on wholesale gasoline, a sales tax increase and a litany of higher taxes in Northern Virginia. Not to be outdone, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed lowering the state's 23.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax to 18.5 cents and adding a wholesale sales tax to gasoline.