Maryland’s gas tax is now seven cents a gallon higher. The increase kicked-in at midnight Friday because of a 2013 state law that automatically raises it July 1 based on the inflation rate. Governor Larry Hogan has released a video, again calling on state leaders to hold a special session and approve a gas tax holiday. Comptroller Peter Franchot and others are also pushing for relief at the pumps, but legislative leaders have refused. Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones say there was a gas tax holiday in March and Maryland needs the money to maintain and improve its roadways.