Top Maryland House Republican Calls For Purple Line Delay

“The citizens are hurting. They can’t take any more tax increases," believes Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell, reports the Baltimore Business Journal.

Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell has called for a delay in the Purple Line and Baltimore's Red Line, saying proposed tax increases to fund the light rail projects would be too costly for taxpayers, the Baltimore Business Journal reports.

In Annapolis this legislative session, lawmakers are grappling with ways to fund the Purple Line, Red Line and other transportation projects. 

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller has proposed a 3 percent gas tax that would raise up to $300 million for transportation, and jurisdictions would be able to tack on another 5 cents per gallon to pay for local transportation projects, Patch reported.

O’Donnell, R-St. Mary’s and Calvert counties, said the Purple and Red Line projects should be put on hold until the economy improves, the Business Journal reports.

“We can’t shock the economy,” O’Donnell, R-St. Mary’s and Calvert counties, said at the Greater Baltimore Committee's General Assembly Legislative Forum, according to the report. “The citizens are hurting. They can’t take any more tax increases.”

Eric S. January 30, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Translation: I got a fat check from a car lobby to shut this thing down. Next week I'll rail on about how the ICC isn't getting enough use and how sad that is.
Corbin Dallas Multipass January 30, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Wouldn't spending money on construction for these projects benefit the economy?
David Bross January 30, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I totally agree with Eric S. and I'm no tree hugger.
Joe Galvagna January 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Stop stop no more stupid spending no more taxes please vote this wasteful spending down and these ignorant Dens out. Our state our country is in a free fall we need some real leadership starting at the top in the whitehouse. Wake up people you can only squeeze so much out of the working people to pay for the freeloaders. We need to fight back to stop all these give aways. You intitlement bums get a job do your part stop taking and start giving your share.


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