- - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The state of Maryland is talking new taxes — again. Maryland is considering a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax, or VMT. In other words, Marylanders who own a car or truck would be charged a tax on every mile they drive. What is remarkable about this proposed tax is that it does not replace the gas tax. Rather, it is an addition to it.

Why would anyone suggest this VMT when we’re already paying some of the highest gas taxes in the nation? How will Maryland monitor the number of miles that you drive? Will they install a GPS on every car and truck? As I researched this issue, I learned the VMT is borne out of House Bill 315, the so-called Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009. As a result of this legislation, Maryland is also proposing new methods of taxing energy usage, such as electricity and gasoline.

Former Maryland Delegate Sue Kullen, a Democrat, who is seeking to return to the House of Delegates, voted for this legislation. Ms. Kullen’s vote resulted in a proposed VMT, which could monitor where we drive, how much we drive and how much electricity we use. Today, working families continue to struggle in this state with burdensome taxes, fees and regulations. Isn’t enough, well, enough?

These out-of-control tax-and-spend policies and the politicians who promote them are wrecking the budgets of hardworking families, wreaking havoc on our personal freedoms and pushing us further into debt.


Calvert County residents deserve a representative in Annapolis who will fight against more taxes, fees and government intrusion.

NICK BOWEN

Chesapeake Beach