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Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - April 14, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland capitalgazette.comÀ Ehe g>unîia« Glapital APRIL 1.4, 2013    ^    na->A4*A    /8l    IUir\    ù.<4    C.t\A CapItaLGazette Newspaper ® — Annapolis, MD Want to attend State of County? That'll be $50 ARUNDtL REPORT / Cl Army routs Navy in lacrosse showdown SPORTS / B1 dêai^ $1.50 Free 10 square feet of tall fescue sod from Ontral Sod Farms, COUPON / A9 GET YOUR COUPONS: As much as $175 worth of money-saving coupons in todays paper Debate over tax, fee hikes rages on O’Malley administration touts ‘investments,’ opponc'nts say they hurt more than help By ALEX JACKSON ajackson^ With the same issue in the national spotlight, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s sweep ing gun control plan has dominated news about Maryland’s 2013 General Assembly session. But years from now, once hikes to the state’s gas tax are fully implemented. Marylanders may have a different perspective on the session. The new measures, which tie the state’s excise tax on gas to inflation and impose a sales tax, are central to the governor’s plan to fund mass transit projects and rebuild state roads. They wUl cost the average Maryland driver as much as $200 a year once they are fully implemented in 2019. In seven years in office, O’Malley hasn’t shied away from controversial taxes or fees, hiking them nearly 40 times. But to the O’Malley administra tion, this is essential to the great strides Maryland has made over the past seven (See HIKES, Page A13) ANNUAL COSTS OF TAXES, FEES PASSED DURING GOV. O’MALLEY’S TENURE Source. Capital research, photo by Thinkstock com Graphic by Greg Nucifora. Staff Since taking office in 2007, Gov. Martin O'Maiiey has overseen increases of about three dozen fees or taxes, inciuding this year’s hike in gas taxes that wiii cost the average Maryiander $34.43 in fiscai 2014 and $177.72 in fiscai 2018. HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL BE PAYING IN NEW ANNUAL INCREASES Marylanders will pay more for a variety of services. Here’s a list of the average annual costs state residents will pay based on the estimated number of Marylanders affected. Icohol verage Vehicle excise tax $10.27 Stormwater management fees $120.70 sales tax increase 422.10 Sales tax increase $104.20 Toll increases $23.34 Hospital tax ^    $130.96 Doubling of bay restoration flush fee $18.76 Source: Capital research, photos by Graphic by Greg Nucifora, Staff Experts: Young drivers can be slow to grasp risks ‘I like to go fast. I’m not going to lie’ By TIM PRUDENTE [email protected] Three teenage girls climb into a Toyota Highlander right after dismissal. Windows are rolled down. Music and laughter begin. The driver places a cell phone to her ear and backs out. Then a boy driving a Jeep exits the parking lot through the one-way entrance. He doesn’t even slow when a scooter approaches and stops short. The scene is at Annapolis High School, but such things can be glimpsed right after dismissal at many county schools. And they wouldn’t much sur prise psychologists who say young drivers are more likely to take risks and ignore street signs and speed limits. “I really don’t pay attention to the speed limit much, not haphazardly or anything. I just go with the flow,” said St. Mary’s High School senior Caroline Reiser. Annapolis High senior Joey DiSciorio said he is eager to get a driver’s license, though he enjoys being a passenger. “I like to go fast. I’m not go ing to lie.” In two weeks, seven young people have died in crashes on local roads. Three 22-year old Odenton (See DRIVERS, Page A13) How safe are our public schools? Weapons violations up, but violent incidents down By TIM PRATT tpratt(a An 18 year old man with three knives was caught Wednesday wandering around Old Mill High School. A sophomore brought a loaded gun to Glen Burnie High School earlier this month An Arundel Middle School student threatened two classmates with a knife in early February Following the major na tional stories about school violence, Anne Arundel County Public Schools re leased statistics to The Cap ital showing the rate of referrals for gun and weapons offenses this school year is on pace to top last year. But a review of those sta tistics also shows the rate of referrals for iighting and attacks on students and staff has dropped. This happens as legisla tors and gun organizations at the state and national levels are attempting to beef up school safety, and the Maryland General Assembly has passed one of the strictest gun laws in the country WhUe police and school officials say county schools are safe, some students are concerned about the recent increase in weapons offenses. “I don’t feel safe and neither do my friends,” Arundel Middle School eighth grad er Taylor Mathews said at a recent county Board of Education meeting. A 12-year-old schoolmate was charged as a juvenile for the knife incident in February. As of April 2, school officials had issued 10 referrals this year for gun incidents in county middle and high schools. That’s more than the nine gun referrals issued in all of the previous school year, with only 70 percent of this school year complete. One notable change: The number of • Fights, attacks on students and staff down so far this school year, Pag« A9 • County chief calls need fnr police in schools a “shame,” Page A9 (See SCHOOLS, Page A8)Join our Editorial Board We’re excited to announce that we are inviting three members of our community to join the editorial board of The Capital and our sister publication, the Maryland Gazette. It might be you. Find out how to apply and get more details on today’s Opinion page, A12. SUNDAY'S WEATHER 67 48 HIGH LOW SUNNY Monday: Cloudy. C2 LIFESTYLE MANY TALENTS: Davidsonville’s Joe Dickey, a retired physicist, delves into art and music. D1 BUSINESS HOLDING ON: County community banks maintained deposit levels last year, even as large banks increase market shares. C5 Like us on Facebook capitalgazette COMING MONDAY WEEKEND SPORTS WRAP: Can Tiger Woods come back to win the Masters? 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