Schifanelli's Baffling Position on the Gas Tax
Does Cox's running mate really oppose his efforts to repeal the 2013 Gas Tax Increase? Or does she just not know what she's talking about?
Kelly Schulz tweeted a few days ago: “Because Maryland’s gas tax is indexed to inflation, Marylanders will not only be passed on the cost of rising prices but they will be forced to pay even more to fill up their cars because of this hidden Inflation tax.”
In response, Gordana Schifanelli tweeted:
I wonder if Gordana observes what her running mate, Dan Cox, does in his role as a state delegate. He serves as a co-sponsor for House Bill 144: Motor Fuel Tax Rates – Consumer Price Index Adjustment – Repeal (introduced and read first time: January 12, 2022). “For the purpose of repealing a requirement that certain motor fuel tax rates by adjusted in future years based on growth in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: and generally relating to motor fuel tax rates.”
Maryland changed course from a fixed-rate gas tax in 2013 to a CPI-related gas tax rate. Maryland passed statutory provisions to automatically adjust a CPG tax to the consumer price index (CPI) – a variable-rate design tax. Thus our gas tax may adjust for inflation every year.
Kelly Schulz (candidate for the Republican Gubernatorial primary election) has stated what Dan Cox (also a candidate in the primary) has co-sponsored – an end to the CPI variable-rate gas tax, providing Maryland consumers relief from rising inflation and rising taxes. Ms. Schulz is in essence requesting a stop to this inflation-based tax, providing better transparency to Maryland taxpayers. I find Ms. Schulz comment fully transparent in terms of what she advocates for.
I am confused as to what Ms. Schifanelli is saying. Does she not support a change to the inflationary practice of CPI variable-rate taxing of gas? Because it is “just” part of the inflation hurting our economy?
Frankly, I’d like some relief from rising gas prices, like this or worse: