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Maryland gas tax hike imminent; Franchot urged to take action

As gas prices continue to climb, Maryland's governor and comptroller are recommending each other take action to minimize the impact of a scheduled summer gas tax increase. While both the comptroller and governor want to see the gas tax suspended, there's debate over who can stop it. With prices expected to climb higher in the coming months, Gov. Larry Hogan wants Comptroller Peter Franchot to take action. Due to legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2013, the gas tax increase is expected to take effect by July 1. Franchot said, under state law, it's up to the governor to stop the tax increase. While his office's review is underway, the comptroller recommended the governor immediately proclaim a state of energy emergency to suspend the state's gas tax until September.

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