WASHINGTON — Maryland lawmakers are considering a 10-cent-per-gallon increase to the state’s 23.5-cent gas tax, but the government may not be able to use the potential revenue increase to back bonds for transportation projects because there is limited room under its debt cap.

The legislation would not increase the debt cap for the Maryland Department of Transportation, meaning the triple-A state’s own fiscal prudence may end up preventing new projects from being financed with bonds.

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