The leaders of Maryland’s largest city and two largest counties on Wednesday urged the state Senate to act on legislation that would raise hundreds of millions of dollars a year for additional transportation projects.
“This is a big problem, and we need a big solution,” Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) testified at a hearing of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. “My view is go big or go home.”
Leggett appeared on the same panel with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D). All three praised a bill introduced by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) but said they remain open to alternative methods to raise more money for transportation.
Under current projections, state analysts say that within a few years Maryland will have only enough revenue for maintenance of its existing transportation network and not for new highway construction or planned rail projects, including the Purple Line.