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New AFP Maryland Study - Senate President Miller's Gas Tax Myth

February 05, 2013

New AFP-Maryland study shows gas tax dollars, automotive fees don’t go for roads

BALTIMORE — Contrary to President Miller’s gas tax hike talking points, a new Americans for Prosperity-Maryland study shows that gas tax revenue largely does not go towards road construction and repair.

According to the Department of Legislative Services, this year’s budget saw 49 percent of transportation revenue came from drivers but only 30 percent of the expenditures were for road construction and repair. Another inconvenient truth for Mike Miller is that 45 percent of all transportation expenditures went towards mass transit.

“This study proves that Senator Miller’s gas tax pitch is nothing more than a myth.” said Americans for Prosperity Maryland’s Grassroots Director Nick Loffer. “If he gets his way on the gas tax hike the money will go towards mass transit, not roads and bridges.”

Americans for Prosperity-Maryland has fought and defeated gas tax hike proposals in the previous two legislative sessions. The gas tax hits Maryland families and small businesses twice: once at the pump and again when it gets built into the price of goods transported on our roads. Recently Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, advised the Senate Budget Committee not to raise the gas tax.

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For further comments or to interview Nick Loffer, contact him at (410) 603-1836 or Nick@AFPMaryland.com.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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