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Raise MTA fares, restore transportation fund

Executive BranchBarack ObamaMartin O'Malley

Your editorial, "Annapolis Gridlock" (Jan. 4), is off base. In order to get transportation funds back to normal several things need to happen.

The legislature needs to put on their big boy pants and replenish the transportation trust fund to the funding levels before Gov. Martin O'Malley raided it for general fund projects. This must be done before any budget or funding is passed in the next session.

The Mass Transit Administration must determine how much it actually costs to operate the various transit systems and adjust fares accordingly. It is unfair for taxpayers to constantly fund the reduced rates the MTA riders enjoy while the roads and bridges constantly decline. Governor O'Malley would not dare do this on his own because these riders are his voting base.

Finally, the state needs to stop allowing state employees to ride the transit system for free. They get a paycheck from the state every two weeks so let them pay for their transportation to and from work.

Wasn't Mr. O'Malley's buddy, President Barack Obama, the one that says everybody needs to pay their fair share? The middle class is tired of paying taxes to support everyone.

Bottom line is when gas prices went up, fares on MTA stayed the same. How exactly do they do that? My gas bill increased three-fold.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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