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Marylanders must help pay the cost of reducing traffic congestion [Letter]

2:30 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

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Mr. Seyko's recent letter (March 21) attacking Governor O'Malley's transportation finance plan for using gasoline taxes to reduce traffic congestion is understandable. Nobody likes taxes and gasoline taxes are particularly irritating since we see the price of gas everyday.

But his claim that we can reduce traffic congestion without investing in roads and transit defies common sense. The Washington area has the worst traffic congestion in the US because Maryland and its neighbors fell behind in transportation investment. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia understands that as well as Governor O'Malley does.

That's why he and the Virginia legislature passed a transportation package similar to Governor O'Malley's earlier this year.

I've fought to reduce double taxation of Laurel residents by Park and Planning, to protect Prince Georgians' ability to hold down property taxes thru TRIM, and to shift the income tax burden from working and retired families by closing corporate tax loopholes.

But I don't buy the Tea Party "free lunch" ideology. Public investments — in roads, transit, schools, and public safety — are as critical to economic progress as are private investments. That's just common sense.

State Sen. Jim Rosapepe

21st District