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Effort To Minimize Annual Raids Of Maryland’s Transportation Trust Fund Underway

August 27th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Another effort is underway to try to halt, or at least minimize annual raids of Maryland’s Transportation Trust Fund- as counties and municipalities have continued to lose millions of dollars for road and highway maintenance. Over the years, there has been a sharp decline in those funds, which have been diverted by the state for other purposes, including mass transit in urban areas. In 2009, Allegany County received just over $4 million in highway user funds from various state revenues for use on county roads and bridges. For fiscal 2013, that number was down to a little over $400,000. Voters in Maryland this November will decide the fate of a state constitutional amendment that will limit when the governor and the legislature can take money out of the state's Transportation Trust Fund.   Ragina Cooper-Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs, talks about the importance of this constitutional amendment that will go to the voters…


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