The Maryland House of Delegates gathered for an evening session Wednesday to take up a transportation funding measure that supporters say is badly needed, but opponents deride as a terrible burden on Maryland drivers.
Democratic General Assembly minorities hold the keys Friday to passage or failure of the first major Virginia transportation funding reforms in 27 years.
Legislative negotiators have reached a transportation funding reform compromise that could get full House and Senate votes by week’s end.
Maryland House Republicans say the state needs better management of transportation revenue, not more taxes.
The Maryland House of Delegates started the year with transportation funding as its top priority, but some local lawmakers are frustrated that things have slowed down on the issue and are getting ready to take matters into their own hands.
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding reform package was drastically rewritten Tuesday in a prickly meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, creating starkly opposing visions for overhauling highway financing system with just a dozen days left to broker a compromise.
Airports in New York and Boston were ramping up service Sunday, as they attempted to return to normal operations following a massive snowstorm that crippled parts of the East Coast and led to thousands of flight delays and cancellations.
Two Senate floor amendments that would have offered alternative Virginia transportation funding streams were rejected late Tuesday, leaving only a single House bill as Gov. Bob McDonnell’s hope for a defining transportation reform legacy.
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding package won a Senate committee’s endorsement Thursday despite the reservations of some of his fellow Republicans and outright opposition from Democrats.
A gas tax increase is among the ideas Maryland’s Senate president is floating to raise badly needed money for transportation.