Sun Editorial: Gas Tax Better Than Other Revenue Alternatives

A Baltimore Sun opinion piece reacts to recent comments by legislators in opposition to increasing the gas tax and argues that the gas tax is the best approach when considering other revenue alternatives. What's maddening about lawmakers and their kneejerk reaction to the 10-cent tax is that the alternatives for reviving the depleted trust fund are even less appealing. Raise fees? Already been done. Car registration and titling? Ditto. The corporate tax has already been…

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Transportation Funding “Still in Crisis”

In an opinion piece for Center Maryland, Don Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, writes that Maryland's Transportation Trust Fund still faces a significant funding shortfall and that there is no consensus among political leaders to address it. The START coalition, which includes more than 60 organizations and businesses from across Maryland, is seeking three basic things from lawmakers – increase revenue for transportation infrastructure by at least $500 million per year,…

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Opinions of Transportation Funding Initiatives Vary

As previously reported, the Governor is seeking support from the business community for increased transportation funding.  However, opinions vary as to whether such initiatives should be enacted, and if they are, when the discussion should take place, during a special session this fall, or during the 2012 General Assembly session. From an opinion piece in the Annapolis Capital: We can't endorse a gas tax increase. It would be a regressive measure putting the same extra…

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Governor O’Malley Seeks Business Community Support for Increased Transportation Funding

During the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, Governor O'Malley asked the membership to support increased funding for transportation infrastructure.  The Governor's comments were very similar to those given during a round table discussion that was held last week. As reported by the Baltimore Business Journal: O'Malley stressed the importance of investing more state money in roads and transit projects, but he also emphasized that the solution will have to be more diverse than simply…

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