Since O’Malley became Governor in 2007, nearly $700 million has been diverted from local transportation projects and has not yet been repaid. Chronic siphoning of such funds and the lack of a consensus on how to protect the transportation trust fund have caused O’Malley’s gas tax increase and other revenue proposals to stall. Moreover, Governor O’Malley has raised taxes and fees 24 times, removing an additional $2.4 billion out of the economy annually.
“There have been two special sessions last year in which the Senate could have confirmed a secretary. At the very least, the senate could have been – and should be – holding confirmation hearings today for a new secretary. Meanwhile priorities such as protecting the transportation trust fund, restoring local transportation funds,replacing aging roads and bridges, and financing mass transit expansions in Baltimore and suburban Washington are languishing,” said Hogan.
Hogan, a former Appointments Secretary for previous Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, was responsible for placing senior administration officials in departments and agencies and leading the executive branch’s senate confirmation process for cabinet secretaries.
Legislative analysts say the state is about $2 billion short of the money it needs to undertake projects currently approved. Some analysts project that Maryland will have no funds for new transportation projects beyond maintenance by 2018.