State of Maryland Archives: on Energy & Oil


Ben Cardin: End special breaks to oil industries

Cardin said a bipartisan plan to address the national deficit needs to be the top priority. Cardin underscored that he believes revenues need to be a part of the plan. "Everybody should be paying their fair share," Cardin said. "We should eliminate the deductions that allow businesses to send our jobs overseas, and we shouldn't be giving to oil industries special breaks that are not available to other aspects of the energy sector."

Bongino said government needs to get out of the way and lessen the tax burden on residents and businesses. "Put the money back in Marylanders' pockets," Bongino said. "They know what to do with it."

Source: Cumberland Times-News on 2012 Maryland Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Rob Sobhani: Untangle national security from our need for oil and gas

My business consists of helping American companies--and American workers--gain access to international markets to develop oil, gas and renewable energy. We need to untangle our national security interests from our need for oil and gas, because we have plenty of energy right here in our own country. We do NOT have to be dependent on other countries for America's energy. And we need an energy policy that balances the development of domestic energy with a commitment to environmental protection.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com Oct 15, 2012

Martin O`Malley: Raise gas tax by 2% per year, to rebuild infrastructure

Today, with gasoline at $3.50 per gallon, our primary source of revenue for transportation is the same flat 23 cents it was when gas was $1.08 per gallon. Meanwhile, it costs more to paint the Bay Bridge today than it did to build the first span. As the Baltimore Sun editorializes, "If Maryland continues to embrace a 1992 tax rate, it will have to settle for crumbling 1992-era infrastructure."

No one has wanted to ask people to do more. The best remaining option in my view is to repeal the current sales tax exemption on a gallon of gasoline; phasing it out by two percent a year, with a "braking mechanism" to protect consumers in the event that the price of gas spikes. An enhanced investment on this scale would allow us to create 7,500 new jobs building needed roads, bridges, and public transit throughout our State.

Source: 2012 Maryland State of the State Address Feb 3, 2012

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