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Maryland Lawmakers Look For Transportation Funding

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One state senator, Majority Leader Rob Garagiola from Montgomery County, is proposing a 10-cent increase in the gas tax to help pay for a backlog of planned, but unfunded state projects. A state commission on transportation will meet Monday in Annapolis to make other recommendations to lawmakers on how to pay for necessary projects.

Some business leaders have complained that the state's Transportation Trust Fund has dried up because it's often used to fill budget holes in other areas.

In his spending plan for next year, Gov. Martin O'Malley recommends shifting $100 million from the Transportation Trust Fund to help close a projected $1.4 billion budget gap.

Garagiola is proposing a constitutional amendment to protect transportation funding from being redirected.

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