Boost would put Maryland in top 10 states for gas tax
Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is open to a Maryland gas-tax increase of 15 cents, which would raise Maryland's gas tax from 23.5 cents per gallon to 38.5 cents per gallon. By one measure -- gauging only the excise tax, and assuming other states don't raise their gas taxes, too -- that would make Maryland's fuel tax highest in the country. See the Tax Foundation's table below.
However states such as California add a regular sales tax on top of the excise tax, and Maryland doesnt. The Tax Foundation also counts other gas-related fees to try to compare apples with apples. Even at 38.5 cents per gallon, Maryland's total gas tax would be less than California's 2011 total of 47.7 cents per gallon. But Maryland would still jump from 27th highest to 6th highest, based on total 2011 rates. Other states, however, will probably raise their own gas taxes in the next three years. Connecticut's governor, for example, tried to raise the gas tax this year and may try again.