The owner of the Shell Gas Station, on Route 40, is not happy about Governor Martin O'Malley's gas tax bill. Joe Parsley said not only will the sales increase affect his business, but it will also hurt consumers. "I think more along the line, that really hasn't been talked about is the economic factor of how the poor people who drive the lower mileage cars end up paying for the people who drive the high mileage cars. I think that is flat out wrong," said Parsley.
Dave Beal, the owner of the Rosemont Gas Station, said anytime the price of gasoline goes up, it affects his business. "With the credit card fees that we pay, the higher the gas prices go, the more credit card fees we pay," said Beal.
"This action will have devastating effects on my business," said Rick Agoris, the owner of the Brunswick Service Center. "Anybody that can, will certainly drive to Virginia, or West Virginia to fill up," continued Agoris.
The Maryland House of Delegates voted 78 to 56 on Friday in favor of the bill, which would apply a one percent sales tax in July. The increase would add 3.3 cents to the price of a gallon of gas. There would also be another increase in 2014 and 2015.
The Governor believes the gas tax increase is necessary to raise money for transportation projects.