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Lawmakers want funds spent only on transportation

Washington Examiner -- Maryland lawmakers said Wednesday they couldn't support an increased gasoline tax without guarantees that revenue would be used only to fix the state's bridges and roads.

Nearly $1 billion was taken from Maryland's Transportation Trust Fund to balance the budget between 2003 and 2011, according to the state's Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding.

Some members of the House of Delegates said they had reservations about Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed 6 percent sales tax on gasoline unless the revenue was reserved for transportation spending.

"Absent a constitutional protection that ensures these monies will be protected, do you really think this is adequate protection?" said Del. Herbert McMillan, R-Anne Arundel County. "And there is an issue of trust here, a very deep ....


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 5:09:00 AM

hmmm... what happened to provoke that change in thinking?
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KhelbenArunson
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2012 10:39:14 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2012 1:59:14 PM

Unfortunately, the ESL GOP always forget the second word in mass transportation is transportation...
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sparky808
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2012 12:30:29 PM

This is a good idea.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2012 7:40:51 AM

Maryland is a sanctuary and, thus, haven for illegals. Last year, the legislature passed a law giving in-state college tuition to this group; one example of the extra dollars needed to support entitlement programs. Tax and spend, tax and spend.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2012 2:14:00 AM

Fuel taxes are for the repair or replacement of roads and bridges only! Fuel taxes are Not to be placed in the general fund and spent on other items.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:08:13 PM

ok
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GreenLegend
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:07:51 PM

I agree.
Problem is short term pols divert funds to pork projects, etc..
SS would be fully funded if it weren't put into the general fund pool in the sixties.
Bastards need to be held accountable for actions the affect us detrimentally.
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lyons_coop
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:05:05 PM

This smacks of nothing more than partisan political posturing.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:04:07 PM

first they see which way the political winds are blowing
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:03:39 PM

Glad I live elsewhere
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:02:09 PM

ok what ever works
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batman66
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:02:02 PM

why is it any different they will say 1 thing to make people happy then do the opposite ,all parts are the same from Federal on down

[Edited by: batman66 at 3/16/2012 12:04:51 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:59:31 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:58:33 PM

Usually they can say or promise anything they want. But once funds get into the Gen treasury they can spend it on what ever they want. They do it all the time. At the Most they will use the designated funds for the said purpose while they remove an equal or greater amount out from other funding for the same Depts.

That's almost always how they pass new taxes, & Gambling, Lottos etc. Oh we need it for Hospitals, Schools or some other worthy project. But the total funding for the items frequently doesn't increase, if any only a portion of the tax only to later drop again so they can use it as an excuse again & again.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:56:44 PM

I also think we are already taxed enough!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:56:31 PM

to much givernment
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:55:36 PM

Tax and Spend! Tax and Spend! How much more Taxation can the Taxpayers handle??
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:54:59 PM

Spend highway taxes on highways? That's crazy!
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:52:26 PM

To each their own.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:51:50 PM

Who's keeping an eye on this stuff?
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:50:45 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:47:56 PM

Sounds like an accounting job. Don't use the money correctly-you don't get anymore until the problem is resolved.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:47:43 PM

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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:46:44 PM

Maryland is following after the example of the Federal Government. Use funds earmarked for one use on something totally different if it helps balance the budget.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:43:24 PM

If they would use the current road fuel tax for the roads instead of putting it in the general fund that would cure one problem. But wait if they would have left all of the social security deductions that we pay into the infamous lockbox instead of placing that money in the general fund it to might not be insolvent. When you have greedy politicians that only want to be re-elected they will steal from Peter to pay Paul. This is yet another reason to have term limits without pensions and golden parachute healthcare plans at tax payer expense.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:41:20 PM

Glad I live elsewhere
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:38:21 PM

what a joke
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:38:12 PM

there are no guarantees with governments and money
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:18:58 PM

putting a pot full of taxdollars in front of a liberal politicians is like giving whisky to an alcoholic.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:17:46 PM

cool
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:17:28 PM

GOOD LUCK!
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:16:29 PM

there's probably something here we aren't being told
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:13:47 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:11:21 PM

All the government officials who used the money for something other than what it was meant for should be fired and/or voted out of office.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:10:39 PM

Thats what the gasoline tax was always intended for but how much of it ever sees road improvements.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:08:17 PM

Nice
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:05:58 PM

Let's try helping people first.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:05:08 PM

Many good posts.. Ashbuy09 hits the nail on the head... When ever politicians borrow funds from a well funded program they forget to pay it back.. Social security was well funded until the politicians got their fingers into it... Instead of using the funds for what it was intended for they dip into it and fund other programs and/or projects instead of setting up funds for the new projects...
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Times to awaken the tea party
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:02:01 PM

I THOUGHT THAT IS WHAT THE GAS TAX WAS FOR.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:01:48 PM

Too many times, not all the facts are reported
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:59:03 PM

suckers
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:54:47 PM

They should not of had the right to use those funds for anything besides roads. Now they want to tax people because they chose to use the money for something else? That really stinks!
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:53:57 PM

Lawmakers lie. Fact of life.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:51:51 PM

If I lived in Maryland I would be crying foul! The wasted money (don't they all) and took from the Transportation Fund to make up for it. They need to cut their budget until they can put the money back. I hate Government waste!!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:51:26 PM

suckers
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:49:41 PM

Why do we pay road tax on gas for our lawn mower or chair saw???
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:49:36 PM

Of course raising taxes will further depress the economy.
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