Looks as if everyone is jumping on the infrastructure bandwagon--paid for by ratepayers and tax payers.
Natural gas surcharge, gasoline tax, electricity surcharge to subsidize well-connected wind developers.
What's next; the MD General Assembly isn't even done yet?
Md. lawmakers approve natural gas surcharge bill
Maryland lawmakers OK up to $2 surcharge on natural gas bills, if state regulators approve
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Natural gas companies in Maryland would be able to seek a surcharge of up to $2 on monthly gas bills to help recover costs for replacing aging infrastructure, in a measure approved by state lawmakers Thursday.
The Senate voted 35-12 after spirited debate. The House of Delegates' vote was 120-17. The measures are similar and any differences will need to be worked out for the legislation to go to Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Lawmakers who supported the bill said companies need the cash to help replace aging pipes and address safety concerns. Supporters also say the surcharge would have to be approved by the Public Service Commission, and the money wouldn't be charged until work was done to improve infrastructure.