Maryland assembly may put off gas-tax hike

Expected obstacles include budget shortfall, public outcry

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Donald Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee business-advocacy group, said that when the assembly decides to take up transportation funding, it will likely have to create a revenue package that centers on increasing the gas or sales tax.

He said lawmakers will have to convince the public that the tax revenues will help them in the long run by going to roads and transit, and won’t be siphoned off for non-transportation purposes.

“There’s no magic elixir,” Mr. Fry said. “There’s a real credibility issue that’s going to have to be faced.”

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