County Executive Leadership on a Tough Issue: The Gas Tax

Posted Date: 
March 2, 2011

I testified in Annapolis this week, on behalf of the Chamber in support of House Bill 1001, which aims to protect the Maryland Transportation Trust Fund and to generate new revenues for transportation purposes – including a proposed 10-cent hike in the gas tax. I was pleased to give voice to the importance of our transportation system to the success of our local economy and was delighted to join fellow regional business leaders in making our case.

One of the things I was delighted to observe was the strong leadership that County Executive Ike Leggett displayed, as he and his counterparts from Prince George’s County, Howard County and Baltimore City, gave voice to the importance of this issue at the public hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Standing up for any tax increase is never easy. But in the case of restoring the integrity and the stability of a state trust fund that exists specifically to support critical transportation needs throughout Maryland, we recognize just how important this issue is to the success of our local economy and to the mobility of our region.

I am proud that this Chamber has worked so consistently and diligently to advocate for transportation funding. We will stay on the case. It is vital to our future and it is the right thing to do.

And as a citizen of Montgomery County, I was proud of our County Executive for the conviction he is showing on what is never an easy stand to take, in a political sense.

Thanks Ike – well done!

- Gigi Godwin, MCCC President & CEO

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