This legislative session, Prince George’s leadership is focused on infrastructure needs and wants a Local Infrastructure Fast Track (#LIFT4MD), writes The Prince George’s Sentinel. The article shares a few of the more than 350 tweets posted through MACo’s hashtag campaign advocating for reinvestment in local bridges, roads and other infrastructure, noting that “Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, III and several county council members took part.” A few of the tweets from Prince George’s elected officials are below:
From the article:
MACo’s LIFT4MD campaign focuses on making sure local road projects move forward … by implementing a gradual return to the 30 percent of highway user revenues that had gone to county governments for road repairs and improvements prior to cuts during the Great Recession.
Recession-driven cost shifts have starved local infrastructure systems for funds and reliable funding streams. A Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland – #LIFT4MD – would provide:
- Meaningful new FY 2018 funding for restoring the local share of highway user revenues – using the fair, statewide formula used for decades;
- Phased-in restoration of the historic 30% local share of state transportation revenues – enhancing safety and road quality for motorists everywhere; and
- An honest, objective inventory of local infrastructure needs across Maryland – assessing the needs and reliable revenue sources targeted for each area of service.
Find more information about MACo’s Local Infrastructure Fast Track (#LIFT4MD) initiative here.
The article contrasts the #LIFT4MD social media campaign, which took off on Tuesday, December 13, with Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement made the following day of his prioritization to repeal what he has dubbed the “Road Kill Bill.” Read Conduit Street coverage on the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016 by clicking here or searching for the tag, “scorecard.”