About 150 local officials and transportation advocates converged on Annapolis on Wednesday to underscore what they said is an urgent need for hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding from the Maryland General Assembly in its coming session.
“We can no longer afford to ignore this problem,” Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) told the gathering, lamenting unheeded calls in recent years to raise the state’s gas tax to pay for additional road and mass transit projections as congestion has continued to worsen. What’s needed now, he said, is “a huge infusion of cash.”
That view was largely echoed by the executives of Prince George’s and Howard counties, as well as the president of the Charles County Board of Commissioners.
How persuasive they will be remains to be seen. State lawmakers have balked in recent years at raising the gas tax, the largest source of transportation funding, and it’s not clear this year will be any different when they convene Jan 9.