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Maryland Transportation Secretary To Step Down

April 30, 2012 | Author: John Fineran

Marlyland Secretary of Transportation Beverly Swaim-Staley announced today that she will be stepping down from her post as Governor Martin O'Malley's point person on transportation.  She will be staying on through the end of the fiscal year to ease the transition, she noted.  On her watch Maryland completed the InterCounty Connector, and she presided over the final ribbon-cutting, but more recently, lack of funding has severely limited the State's capital construction and maintenance efforts.regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Maryland Again Fails to Act — Ignores Transportation Crisis in 2012 Legislative Session

April 20, 2012 | Author:MoveMDweb

Despite the recommendations of a two-year Blue Ribbon Commission, despite reports from the Texas Transportation Institute spotlighting the alarming state of Maryland's transportation infrastructure, despite the support of Governor O'Malley and a broad coalition of business, transit and civic groups around the state, the Maryland General Assembly has once again failed in their biggest test this year.  No action was taken durnig the legislative session that just concluded.  In what has already been described as a failed legislative session -- because legislators were not able to agree on a revenue package...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Key Transportation Funding Bills: Up for Hearings in Annapolis This Week

March 13, 2012 | Author: John Fineran

Governor Martin O'Malley's key transportation funding bills will be heard by three key committees in the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates this week in Annapolis.  Two identical companion bills, titled the "Maryland Transportation Financing and Infrastructure Investment Act of 2012" (SB971 and HB1302) are scheduled to come before the Senate Budget & Tax Committee, and the House Ways & Means and Environmental Matters committees, all on March 14th.   Both bills add $613 million in desperately needed funding to restore Maryland's decimated transportation capital investment program.  After going without a significant increase...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Legislation Pending in Annapolis to Boost Transportation Fund

February 27, 2012 | Author:MoveMDweb

Legislation is now pending in Annapolis to enact Governor Martin O'Malley's proposed $613 million increase in dedicated transportation funding.  The bill also includes a "lock-box" type mechanism to prevent future diversions of transportation dollars to unrelated purposes (to avoid future raids), and a number of other provisions.  The "Maryland Transportation Financing and Infrastructure Investment Act of 2012" (SB971 and HB1302) have been referred to the Senate Budget & Tax Committee, and the House Ways & Means and Environmental Matters committees.  Both are identical companion bills.  Under the bills, the transportation funding increase will be...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Index Gas Tax to Inflation

February 17, 2012 | Author: John Fineran

The Virginia Senate has just done something their Maryland counteparts have failed to do year after year, decade after decade, since 1992:  Pass legislation providing a significant long-term increase in dedicated transportation funds.  As the story below relates, they have passed a bill indexing their fixed 17.5 cent per gallon gas tax to inflation.  The payoff will be small at first, but will produce significant new revenues over time.  Maryland, on the other hand, continues to avoid facing the hard, cold reality that their Transportation Trust Fund is now so depleated it can no longer meet even...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Governor O’Malley Calls for New Infusion of Transportation Funds

February 15, 2012 | Author:MoveMDweb

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has come out with his long-anticipated proposal to increase transportation investment, and his proposal is consistent with a recently-issued Blue Ribbon Panel report that highlighted Maryland's gaping shortfall in transportation funding. O'Malley's proposal would raise an additional $613 million a year in dedicated transportation funds, by applying Maryland's existing 6% sales tax to gasoline sales at the wholesale level.  These new funds will be used for critical local projects in our area:  The Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway, improvements to Route 1, 4 and 5, and a long list...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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