The House of Delegates passed the Governor’s transportation funding bill this afternoon.
The Maryland Chamber has made protecting and enhancing transportation funding a priority for many years. We thank the Administration and legislative leadership for focusing on this critical issue.
Among other provisions, the bill would:
The Maryland Chamber is pleased to see that the House of Delegates addressed two of our concerns. Lawmakers kept relative parity between the excise taxes of gasoline and diesel fuel by eliminating the adjustment in the excise tax. They also added a cap to the annual indexing they applied to the gas tax.
The Maryland Chamber continues to advocate for stronger protections for the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) to ensure transportation dollars are not diverted for other purposes. “We have strongly and consistently argued that a constitutional amendment which would require a two-thirds vote of both Houses of the General Assembly for funds to be transferred out of the TTF is critical to ensure the public’s trust,” Maryland Chamber Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Mathew Palmer said.
Palmer outline the Chamber’s position in a letter to the Governor and presiding officers. View it here.
Legislative Issues Tag: Transportation