Saturday, April 05 2008 @ 12:41 AM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
Some state Senators are floating a proposal in the Budget & Taxation Committee to take $150 million per year from the Transportation Trust Fund and transfer it to the state's General Fund. This move would do great damage to numerous transit and bike/ped projects.
The rationale behind this effort appears to be to balance out potential tax increases directed at very high-income earners. If accepted, this move would have a severe impact on the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), in particular. Local transportation programs like Ride On in Montgomery County, The Bus in Prince George's County, and Howard Transit in Howard County would also be potentially affected. Major new projects like the Red Line and Green Line in Baltimore City, and the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway in Montgomery County could also be adversely affected, as well. Bicycle and pedestrian projects may also feel the pinch.
Please send an email to Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman, Ulysses S. Currie and tell him you OPPOSE any raiding of the Transportation Trust Fund. If you would like to see a complete list of Budget and Taxation Committee members, please click here: <a href="http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/com/01bud.html">http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/com/01bud.html</a>