State fiscal analysts urge legislative budget committees to do more to address structural deficit before Kirwan reforms, economic downturn; following Dem Party complaints, Hogan returns $63,000 in donations; WalletHub study finds Maryland 9th among states in race relations; in Martin Luther King Day address, Del. Mosby draws link from King to historic speakership of Adrienne Jones; $40,000 of $4.7 million to aid Garrett County’s clean water push; 7th Congressional District Democratic hopeful find room for disagreement; Prince George’s leading Montgomery as D.C. suburban job creator; and the Baltimore County Council will vote on bill to make gun shops, sales more secure.Read More
As Maryland moves toward all-electronic toll billing and constituents complain about high fines that total thousands of dollars in some cases, two lawmakers are working to reduce the penalties for late video toll payments. Drivers who go through toll facilities without paying are sent a video toll invoice. If the video toll is not paid within 30 days, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) issues a citation with a $50 civil penalty.Read More
Now that Gov. Hogan announced a new customer service initiative on Thursday, a good place to start might be with E-ZPass toll system and making it easier to replace a dead transponder. Transponders are those little white boxes that transmit the information to the antenna that collect the toll automatically.Read More
A proposal that would allow drivers travelling across the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge to pay $20 per year as opposed to several hundred, was promoted on Thursday by Del. Ric Metzgar, R-Baltimore County, at the House Environment and Transportation Committee.Read More
The Board of Public Works, which ultimately approves much of Maryland spending, on Wednesday heard about plans to collect millions in unpaid tolls and heard about how Maryland was using alternative fuel vehicles. It also approved acquisition of Garrett County open space not yet threatened by development.Read More
Some legislators want to give the General Assembly more control over bridge and tunnel toll increases. In this podcast, Duane Keenan talks to Sens. E.J. Pipkin, Bryan Simonaire and Del. Steve Hershey about their bills.Read More
For the second hearing on the proposed fat toll hikes, a grand total of six people testified in Baltimore on Monday evening, wrapping up the meeting of the Maryland Transportation Authority in about 45 minutes. That was 20% more witnesses than the five people who testified at last week’s hearing in Shady Grove.Read More
Large increases in tolls on Maryland’s bridges and tunnels were proposed last week, but Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley said angry motorists should not be directing their blame at the new Intercounty Connector. They should look around at the state’s other toll roads, bridges and tunnels, and see the maintenance that needs to be done on them.Read More
Public hearings about toll increases on several of Maryland’s tolled roads and bridges will start in the next few months, Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley told a Senate budget subcommittee on Thursday.Read More
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