A March 8 Gazette.net article highlights challenges facing Governor Martin O’Malley’s environmental and green energy agenda and asks candidates running for Maryland’s 6th United States Congressional District about their views on a national energy policy.
Gov. Martin O’Malley aims to put Maryland on the map as one of the greenest states in the country, but given the a $1 billion budget shortfall this year, some of his more ambitious energy plans might have to wait.
His determination to enforce an executive order from President Barack Obama (D) to clean up the Chesapeake Bay concerns local governments that worry about the pricetag, which could be millions in stormwater and wastewater improvements. O’Malley (D) wanted a more aggressive timetable for cleanup than the executive order required, and he now is revisiting that schedule because of the estimated costs and pressure from legislators and stakeholders.
At the same time, Maryland legislators are considering a gas tax to fund public transportation in the state’s population hubs, but support has fallen off in the past month. Legislators who had once favored an increase in the gas tax, including State Senate majority leader and congressional candidate, Rob Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) of Germantown, are shying away given the public’s negative reaction.