Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, the state of Maryland became the latest in a string of states that have gone to gas prices to save money.
It’s a strategy that was pioneered in California, where it’s called “the carbon tax.”
The carbon tax is a carbon tax that taxes all carbon emissions, whether they’re emitted from cars, trucks, or planes.
In Maryland, that includes gas, and the state is among the last states to take the step.
The tax will begin hitting its highest prices at the beginning of November.
“It’s a great idea, and it’s a very smart idea.
It will help us save money,” Gov.
Larry Hogan said.
“But I have to tell you, it’s very hard to get a car off the road when you have this price tag on the car.”
“This is not a silver bullet, but I think it’s an effective and very cost-effective way to do something that I think has been a huge part of reducing our carbon footprint,” said Hogan.
The state is the second state to take a similar approach.
In April, Maryland raised its gasoline tax to a $5.50 tax.
That led to a sharp rise in the gas price, which reached $7.50 by the end of April.
“The people of Maryland, we are so thankful for your help in reducing the price of gas.
This is an incredible step forward,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
But some critics of the carbon tax say it’s too high.
“I think we need to go back to our more sensible approach,” said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.
“We can do this much better, we can reduce the price.”
Sen. Tom Carper, D (Del.) said Maryland has taken the right approach, and he hopes the carbon taxes don’t hurt the state’s economy.
“We’ve got to make sure we get some of these higher taxes, so that we don’t do a lot of damage to the economy,” said Carper.
“Gas prices are really the number one driver of carbon emissions in the United States,” said Mikulsky.
“And I think the carbon-pricing tax is really going to be one of the tools that we can use to try to reduce those emissions.”
Maryland’s gas tax is one of 20 in the country, and Marylanders pay an average of about $6.75 a gallon, which means gas prices are up about 12 cents a gallon compared to a year ago.
But there’s still room for improvement.
The carbon-tax proposal will likely be considered by lawmakers this year.
If approved, it will go into effect Nov. 1.
The tax will also be challenged in court by the American Petroleum Institute, which is challenging the tax.
The carbon-price plan passed the state House on Tuesday, but the Senate passed it by a narrow margin.