Franchot Says Gasoline Sales Tax Would Be “A Blow To Families” …

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Robert Lang and Associated Press

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says a gasoline sales tax proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley would be detrimental to families and businesses.

Franchot said during a presentation Tuesday that while his agency will collect any taxes levied by the governor and General Assembly, implementing a sales tax on gasoline would come as a “crushing blow” to families and small businesses.

Last week, O’Malley announced he will propose a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline, although details of his plan have yet to be released.

Franchot made the comments during a meeting today with trade associations representing gas station and convenience store owners.

Franchot says many of those businesses could lose customers to surrounding states, if the sales tax were collected.

He cited the experience of liquor store owners along the Maryland-Delaware or Maryland-Virginia border that have lost business in the last year, due to the increase in the sales tax on alcohol.

Franchot believes the same thing would happen to gas station owners if the O’Malley plan were approved.

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