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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

No ‘victory' for drivers

The Maryland General Assembly just passed a tax hike on gasoline that will, by 2016, increase the price by 13 to 20 cents per gallon. An April 5 Washington Post editorial, “Maryland's gas-tax victory,” says the gas-tax hike “is expected to raise about $4.4 billion ... over six years” and describes that as “a relatively modest amount, given the need.”

Relative to the number of stars in the sky or grains of sand in Ocean City, Md., I would agree that $4.4 billion is a “modest” number. In terms of the amount of money being sucked out of the pockets of Maryland drivers, it is a significant amount, certainly a little north of “modest.”

An April 4 news story from the Newark Post in Newark, Del., seems to view the tax as a “victory” for sellers of less expensive gasoline in states neighboring Maryland, rather than for anyone in Maryland.

This gasoline tax hike comes at the same time as Maryland's new tax on inclement weather — a tax on anything (roofs, driveways, patios, sidewalks, etc.) that prevents rainwater from seeping into the earth, thereby causing stormwater runoff.

The fact that The Washington Post calls this tax increase a “victory” tells us anything we might want to know about the politically “progressive” intelligentsia who dominate opinion-staff positions of the liberal media outlets.

Andrew N. Mewbourn


The writer is currently living and working in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia.

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