The Verdict Is In

On February 24, 2012, in Blog, by Matt Verghese

With a growing population and an aging system of roads and bridges, we have to make the right choices today to invest in our future and stop kicking the can down the road.

But hey, don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what others are saying:

Belling the No-New Taxes Cat
New York Times
“Credit Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland with political courage in daring the Legislature to face up to the state’s neglected roads and transit need by, yes, raising the gasoline tax.” “Mr. O’Malley … bucked the no-new-taxes delusions with a blunt reminder that, sooner or later, taxpayers must pay for the services they enjoy.”

Give O’Malley credit for courage on taxes
Robert McCartney, Washington Post
“For me, raising the gasoline tax is a no-brainer. The state desperately needs money to maintain and improve roads and mass transit, not to mention build the light-rail Purple Line.”

The cost of transportation
Baltimore Sun
“If Maryland continues to embrace a 1992 tax rate, it will have to settle for crumbling 1992-era infrastructure.” “Higher prices at the pump may be unwanted, but a deteriorating transportation system is costly, too. Not only in mere congestion but also in lost economic opportunity. Raising the gas tax is the right thing to do today if Maryland is to preserve its quality of life tomorrow and for the next generation.” 

Maryland needs a gas tax hike to fund transportation needs
Washington Post
“At this point, Marylanders … are not paying for the roads they’re using.” “Opponents say … that people don’t want to pay more. Fine. But then where would they find the hundreds of millions of dollars annually that no one disputes is needed to build and maintain an adequate transportation network.”  

The verdict is unanimous: investing in infrastructure is the right thing for Maryland’s future.

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1 Response » to “The Verdict Is In”

  1. john parks says:

    Maryland does not need a gas tax; it needs somebody with financial ability and a bank to call its own.  Last year a senate bill to create a state-owned bank was left to die without consideration – that was a big mistake.

    If Maryland owned its on bank, depositing all state revenues as financial reserves, offering standard banking services like car loans and mortgages to state employees and state residents, with the profit going to the state as revenue, the state government would have all the money it needs to fully fund all state programs, lower taxes across the board, and provide zero interest loans to itself for large projects.

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