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GBC and the S.T.A.R.T Coalition. Robert Hellauer Director, Regional Transportation & Federal  Government Affairs Greater Baltimore Committee. Greater Baltimore Committee. State of Maryland’s leading business organization Comprised of over 500 businesses

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Gbc and the s t a r t coalition

GBC and the S.T.A.R.T Coalition

Robert HellauerDirector, Regional Transportation & Federal Government Affairs

Greater Baltimore Committee


Greater Baltimore Committee

  • State of Maryland’s leading business organization

  • Comprised of over 500 businesses

  • 56 year old private sector membership organization

  • Works in collaboration with government

  • Advocates for changes to strengthen the business community and improve quality of life in the region


Problem
Problem

  • Maryland currently in trouble when it comes to funding our transportation trust fund

  • Backlog of transportation projects awaiting construction is more than $40 billion

  • Since 2000, TTF Revenue increased only 28%, while the General Fund increased 56%

  • Gas tax, largest source of TTF revenue, not been increased since 1992. Current rate, 23.5 cents/gal.

  • Legislation passed numerous times since 1984 “Borrowing” TTF revenues to general fund. $117 million of $571 million outstanding

  • Additional $250 million diverted to general fund to compensate for anticipated revenue lost due to repeal of computer services tax.


S t a r t of solution
S.T.A.R.T. of Solution

  • “START” of a solution (Statewide Transportation Alliance to Restore the Trust)

  • Alliance of businesses, nonprofit, and public sector interests

  • 57 members strong, and it continues to grow

  • Two things must happen in legislature:

    • Constitutional Amendment: Prohibit reaching into the TTF for nontransportation related spending; and

    • Increase transportation fees to get approximately $500 million/year

  • Two bills pending: SB 714, Garagiola & HB 1001, Frick

  • Hearings were held

  • S.T.A.R.T. Testified in Support


Importance for cssc
Importance for CSSC

  • Transportation improvements to intersections at APG and other BRAC facilities are dependent upon this bill being passed

  • Harford County Delegation- less than helpful!!

  • Please contact your members of the County’s Delegation, as well as County Execs, and County Council Members

  • Tell them we need these bills passed for a smoother BRAC transition


Questions
Questions?

Thank you for your time

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