Miller says administration-backed transportation bill coming

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch at a bill signing ceremony last year. (File Photo)

A day after meeting with the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly, Gov. Martin O’Malley may soon introduce a bill that would raise hundreds of millions of dollars for transportation projects.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George’s, said Friday that he expects O’Malley to have legislation ready to be introduced when both houses of the legislature convene Monday at 8 p.m. A spokeswoman for the governor said later that there was nothing to announce yet.

Details of an administration-backed plan have not emerged. Miller introduced his own bill last month that would create a new 3 percent tax on wholesale gasoline purchases while simultaneously hiking the per-gallon fee to 28.5-cents from 23.5-cents. Miller’s plan also calls for the creation of regional authorities in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas that could raise property taxes to pay for light rail projects.

House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, has meanwhile been working with leaders in his chamber to develop a transportation plan that could raise between $500 and $600 million while raising taxes statewide. O’Malley has previously said he preferred a statewide tax increase to regional hikes.

Miller said he has some inkling of what O’Malley’s bill will look like, but wasn’t divulging details.

“I do, but you’ll have to hear from him,” he said.

4 thoughts on “Miller says administration-backed transportation bill coming

  1. where is all this dam money going? I don’t see any value being added to the state. If anything the quality of life in MD has decreased dramtically over the past several years, yet I keep paying more for everything, from taxes, to fees. When you do call the state or one of the offices no one calls you back, they are out the door by 4 which is when most of the office CLOSE. So someone should be answering phone up until 4! The phone numbers you get on any correspondence to contact someone are useless, unless you spend hours going through voice prompts or looking up the numbers on the state websites. And then your not guaranteed to even reach someone who knows anything! This state is a mess and getting “progressively” worse. Thanks for being so “PROGRESSIVE” MD.

  2. Where is the current 23 cents per gallon going? It’s not going to transportation!!! The idiots is Annapolis raided the transportation fund and put the money into the general fund! To me that’s basic fraud ! Stealing! L

  3. DThomas you said it perfectly! We have a small business in MD and they keep raising fees, unemployment, etc.

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