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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Truckers protest gas tax in Annapolis

About 40 trucks have rolled by the Maryland State House to protest a proposed gas tax increase.

The Maryland Motor Truck Association and the Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association held a rally in Annapolis on Tuesday.

Mel Fair of the Beltway Cos. in Baltimore, says the proposed 10-cent increase to Maryland's 23.5-cent gas tax would hurt the state because truck drivers would avoid buying gas in Maryland.

Fair also says a proposed increase in the state's vehicle titling tax could drive trucking companies from Maryland.

Legislation in Annapolis is aiming to raise between $400 million and $600 million more each year for transportation projects. The state has a $40 billion backlog in a variety of planned, unfunded projects.

By Associated Press  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/01/2011

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