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Miller: Transportation plan is governor’s responsibility

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. has plopped the burden of pushing a transportation funding plan through the General Assembly squarely on the shoulders of Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Miller, who represents part of Calvert and Prince George’s counties, introduced his own plan Monday night, which he called “a menu for action” that included selling the naming rights to the Intercounty Connector, applying a new 3 percent sales tax on gasoline and giving local governments some authority to set a local tax to pay for mass transit projects.

“My plan is not going to go anywhere,” unless O’Malley acts, Miller said, adding that when he spoke with the governor’s Chief of Staff Matthew D. Gallagher after the State of the State Address, Gallagher told him the administration was waiting to see Miller’s bill.

“It’s up to the governor on this issue … I’m not the governor of the state. I don’t want to be the governor of the state,” Miller said. “I have a hard enough time being president of the Senate.”