On last night's local news in Baltimore Governor Martin O'Mally (King of the People's Republic of Maryland) was raving about his proposed 6-percent sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. I haven't seen the proposal yet, mainly because it's not on the legislative web site at this point, but through the grape vine I've heard that the tax will apply to all fuel sold in the state--not just automotive fuels. If this is indeed the case, then fuel sold at marinas would be subject to this ridiculous tariff.
Ironically, the reason King O'Mally claims he is submitting this proposal to the legislature is that the state needs the money to improve roads and bridges, which is what the original, extremely high, automotive, fuel tax was supposed to take care of. He failed to mention that the reason the funds were insufficient is that he, and the Maryland legislature continuously raided the Transportation Trust Fund to balance the over-spending practice that constantly takes place here in the People's Republic of Maryland.
Like most taxes, I suspect this will drive another, very long nail in the coffin of Maryland's recreational boating industry, an industry that is already extremely depressed from the effects of taxation, and from our failing, national economy.
I just fired off an email to my state senator and delegate telling them to vote against the proposed fuel sales tax. I figure if enough individuals do the same the legislation will be defeated.