Responding to potential gubernatorial foes who have criticized or pledged to repeal Maryland’s recent gas tax increase, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Thursday said his opponents might need a lesson in economic development.
Speaking to a group of construction leaders at a meeting of the Maryland chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, Brown briefly detoured from his talking points on public-private partnerships to take on opponents of the phased-in gas tax hike.
“There are some people who want to lead this state who don’t want to make that infrastructure investment,” Brown said. “Anyone that thinks we can grow our economy without investing in transportation doesn’t know a whole lot about economic growth.”
Del. Ronald A. George, an Anne Arundel Republican, pledged to repeal the gas tax increase if he is elected governor. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican, has said he would cut “all” of Maryland’s taxes if elected.
But Brown’s small salvo may have been most directly targeted at Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a likely opponent in the Democratic primary, who was critical of the gas tax increase in an interview with The Daily Record in May.
Gansler has not officially announced his candidacy for governor, but campaign aides insist he will seek the governor’s office in 2014.