O'Malley to blame for Md. transportation woes

March 01, 2011

The Sun's article "'Pothole politics" (Feb. 28) shies away from placing the blame squarely where it belongs for the woeful state of Maryland's Transportation Trust Fund, and that is on the O'Malley administration.

Just a few years ago the state had over $70 billion in the transportation fund, which was siphoned off to other programs and disappeared into the general fund. Bye, bye monies.

Now the state is talking about a gas tax increase of 10 cents a gallon at a time when the economy can least afford it. With the price at the pump climbing higher daily, it will only hinder any gains in our economy and put a severe hardship on poor families and those families on fixed incomes.

California, for all of it's problems, has a tightly monitored law that prohibits the taking of transportation funds and spending them on willy-nilly projects to appease certain special interest groups. The highways in California are not only toll free but well maintained and beautiful.

We see a creeping crawl of constant toll increases on our interstates that should be free because they were primarily built with federal funds. The new Inter-county Connector is a boondoggle that is concreting over of Maryland and was not needed. Where is the mass transportation that was promised when the milk and honey were flowing in the good years?

Let's hold these officials accountable and leave my wallet out of trying to balance your budget. Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration has to cut spending and learn to live on less like all Marylanders. The government has a spending problem, not a tax problem. Come on, Baltimore Sun, do some due diligence and tell us in your superior investigative reporting where the money went and not that we have to get ready for an increase in taxes.

Bernard F. McKernan, Parkville

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