As reported by the Washington Post, Governor O’Malley is still considering a push for a transportation revenue increase in the upcoming legislative session.
While speaking to reporters, O’Malley also raised the possibility of raising the state’s general sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent and earmarking the additional revenue for transportation.
He said that is an idea “that some others brought up” last session. O’Malley suggested that it might be less unpopular than targeting prices at the pump.
Legislation considered last session would have applied the 6% sales tax to sales of gasoline.
Current forecasts project that by fiscal 2018, funds will only be available for system preservation, no new major projects or the planning of major projects.