Counties Support Restoration of Stable Highway User Revenue Funds

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson testified to support with amendments SB 982 (CF HB 1067) – Highway User Revenues – Revenue and Distribution. This bill would provide a long-term restoration for the state-levied transportation revenues needed to support safety and maintenance work on local roads and bridges across Maryland, which took deep cuts during the Great Recession in 2009-2010.

From the MACo Testimony:

SB 982 takes an appropriate “next step” with Highway User Revenues – eliminating the coming “cliff effect” following a multi-year advance in local funding. The bill also provides an extra step in funding targeted to municipal governments and Baltimore City, while properly attaching the local share to the inflation-adjusted base. Finally, the bill affords the same statutory “lockbox” protection to these local distributions as was granted to State transportation funds, as part of the 2013 changes to transportation revenue structure.

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