ANNAPOLIS - According to a proposal from the state's top Democrats, the gas tax rate could drop by 5 cents this year, only to go back up again by phasing in a sales tax on wholesale gasoline prices and tying the gas tax rate to the consumer price index.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch announced the proposal March 4 as part of a “joint innovative, multi-faceted plan to increase investment in the State's transportation system, relieve congestion, and create jobs.”


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