Wonder why the liberal Sun paper has not mentioned this yet! So this article basically says the trust fund, even after being raided to help liberal social programs including illegal immigrants, still has enough money to maintain the current roads. They are ONLY doing this to pay for the Red Line and the new mass transit project they want to build in the DC area. First of all many people here do NOT want the Red Line built. Second it will be unfair to the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland voters who will be subsidizing it through their gas taxes.
If they INSIST on building more mass transit lines it should be paid for by sales taxes which everyone pays, not just drivers. Currently mass transit riders get a subsidy as their fares do not cover the operating costs of the transit systems. And while the liberals promote hybrids and fuel efficient cars, now they are losing money with the gasoline tax and have to add more again.