Tag: highway user revenues

House of Delegates rejects proposal to return $1 billion taken from highway funds

During floor debate over the state budget, the Maryland House of Delegates rejected an amendment that would restore $1.1 billion in funds that had been taken from highway user revenues to pay the state’s bills during budget shortfalls since 2003. Del. Susan Krebs, R- Carroll, who introduced the amendment, argued Wednesday that the state had an obligation to restore these highway revenues before asking motorists to pay additional tolls and gas taxes.

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Coalition backs tax hikes for roads, transit, along with a “lockbox” to protect the money

Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola plans on introducing a major tax package to pump $400 million to $600 million a year into the dwindling transportation trust fund, along with a constitutional amendment to put the fund into a “lockbox” so it can’t be raided for other purposes.

A new coalition of 32 business and consumer groups known as the Statewide Transportation Alliance to Restore the Trust (START) is backing the move.

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High transportation aid to city draws scrutiny

Why does Baltimore City routinely get as much of the state’s highway user revenues as the other 23 counties combined? That’s what House Republican Leader Tony O’Donnell wanted to know at the third hearing of the Joint Legislative Workgroup on State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships on Thursday.

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