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Hogan Signs Bill Restoring Highway User Revenue

May 13th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County roads and other infrastructure should be in better shape now that legislation helping to restore highway user fund revenue has been signed into law. Highway user revenue is money the state gets from gasoline taxes, titling and other fees associated with operating motor vehicles. The revenue used to provide significant funding for local roads projects until 2007. As a budget-balancing measure during the recession, former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration drastically reduced the amount of the highway user revenue that was going back to local governments for use on road repairs and other local transportation projects. In 2018, the General Assembly approved legislation to restore 85% of full funding of the highway user revenue to local governments. But the 2018 law’s provisions were set to expire in fiscal 2024, and local governments had been at risk of  losing the money again. On Thursday afternoon  Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill restoring those funds…