Governor, Assembly leaders meet on transportation

Gov. Martin O'Malley met Thursday afternoon with the leaders of the Senate and House as the three leaders continued an effort to reach consensus on how to raise money for the depleted Transportation Trust Fund.

They aren't quite there yet.

"It was a good discussion," said O'Malley chief of staff Matt Gallagher. But he said there was nothing yet to announce.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has introduced his own comprehensive transportation revenue plan and has challenged O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to make their own proposals. Miller said earlier Thursday that time is running short midway through 90-day session. The Senate leader said he would not agree to a special session to deal with the issue.

Busch said this week that the House Democratic leadership has decided to come up with a plan to raise at least $600 million a year. But details of a House plan are not expected before next week. O'Malley said before the meeting that he has not yet decided whether to submit his own plan and is keeping his mind open about which forms of taxation could be used to raise the estimated $700 million a year he has said is needed.


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