The House of Delegates is considering the Senate-altered version of a
municipalities-only Highway User Revenues package, leaving out counties
completely. Please contact all Delegates, and urge them to stand up for
Highway User Revenues.
As you likely know, the “great recession” forced deep cuts to Highway
User Revenues. Counties now receive less than 10% of their former share
of the gas tax – over seven years, we have lost about $2.4 BILLION for
the maintenance and repair of local roads. These recession-driven cuts
persist despite a replenished Transportation Trust Fund.
The Senate’s fiscal plan does not look good for county roads. One year of funding, and only for cities and towns.
We are asking Delegates help – in Committee, and on the floor.
SUPPORT HB 1455
– It is sitting in the Environment & Transportation Committee. HB
1455 would restore HUR funding to counties, municipalities, and
Baltimore City. PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THIS BILL.
REJECT SENATE LIMITATIONS ON FY17 LOCAL ROAD FUNDING
– The Appropriations Committee correctly rejected the Senate
limitations on the FY17 local road funding – but we need House budget
conferees to stand up to the Senate on this in conference.
PRESSURE HOUSE BUDGET LEADERS –
The Governor funded local roads in this year’s budget. The CTP already
allows for that phase-in. The state can afford to do this.
FUND ALL LOCAL ROADS – NOT JUST CITIES AND TOWNS
– The needs for local road repair are great everywhere – a towns-only
package is not fair or adequate. Baltimore City lost more funding than
any jurisdiction by far, and the 23 counties now receive far less in
total than the municipal governments (despite having far more roads and
drivers). FAIR IS FAIR.
Don’t Let This Year Slip By Without An HUR Plan
Don’t Settle for Winners and Losers – Fund All Local Roads
2016 Maryland House of Delegates
MACo Contact: Michael Sanderson, Executive Director