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House Ways & Means Passes Major Transportation Funding Bill

March 19, 2013 | Author: John Fineran

Annapolis, MD -- On Monday in the Maryland General Assembly, the House Ways & Means Committee took an historic first step toward addressing Maryland’s long-neglected crisis in transportation funding with passage of the first major transportation funding package since the state gas tax was last adjusted for inflation in 1992.  The Ways & Means Committee voted 15-4 in favor of a package of new revenues similar to recent proposals by key Democratic leaders in Maryland that have won broad support among statewide business leaders and transportation advocates.  The House bill (HB 1515)...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Governor, Legislative Leaders, Get Serious on Transportation

March 4, 2013 | Author:MoveMDweb

It has been a long time coming, but perhaps it was worth the wait.  Tonight, Maryland's three top State leaders:  Governor Martin O'Malley, State Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, and House Speaker Michael Busch put forward a bold new funding package to support Maryland's decaying transportation network. It could not have come at a better time.  With tens of thousands of jobs in Maryland's ailing construction industry literally hanging in the balance, and recent studies once again putting the national capital area at the top of America's most severely...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Miller Steps Up to the Plate

February 20, 2013 | Author: John Fineran

[caption id="attachment_783" align="alignleft" width="172" caption="An End to all Road (and Transit) Work in Our Future?"][/caption] Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller testified in Annapolis today in favor of a far-reaching package of transportation investment measures at a hearing before the Senate Budget & Tax Committee.  Calling the situation a "crisis" not a "problem" and proposing a menu of funding options for lawmakers to consider, President Miller did the one thing we've seen too little of from state leaders in recent years -- a willingness to step up and LEAD.  Bravo!...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Hearing on Key Transportation Funding Bills – Set for February 20th

February 15, 2013 | Author:MoveMDweb

The 2013 Maryland General Assembly will soon take up critical transportation funding legislation.  Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has introduced two bills: SB 829 Transportation Trust Fund - Financing - Use of Funds:  Provides significant new dedicated transportation funding for key investments like the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway and other needed road, bridge and transit improvements throughout the state. SB 830 Transportation Financing Act:  Amends the Maryland constitution to prevent Transportation Trust Fund revenues from being diverted to other uses. Take Action:  Hearings are scheduled on both bills and related...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Senate President Miller Proposes New Funding Approach

February 8, 2013 | Author: John Fineran

As reported in the Montgomery Gazette this week, Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller has stepped up to the plate with a major new funding proposal for the Maryland General Assembly to consider during its 2013 legislative session.  On an issue where leadership has been decidedly lacking for years, Miller should be commended for breathing new life into efforts to boost transportation investment. His proposal would include a 5-cent increase in the Maryland gas tax, but give Counties the ability to enact it on a countywide basis and have the funds...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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TPB Paints Bleak Picture if Funding Needs Not Addressed

December 12, 2012 | Author:MoveMDweb

The Washington Region's Transportation Planning Board (TPB) issued, as part of its weekly report, a new analysis of the region's transportation future and it is a sobering view.    Their main conclusion: "Travelers in the Washington region will face considerably more roadway and transit congestion in coming decades if current planning and funding trajectories are allowed to continue." We couldn't agree more.  Current funding trends in the State of Maryland and throughout our region are absolutely unsustainable and elected leaders in this State have been AWOL for years when it comes to addressing...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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