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How to pay for Kirwan - and make Maryland roads safer

Education advocates wearing shirts with the slogan "Our kids can't wait" pack a public hearing of the Kirwan Commission in Annapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.
Education advocates wearing shirts with the slogan "Our kids can't wait" pack a public hearing of the Kirwan Commission in Annapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (Pamela Wood/Baltimore Sun)

Please consider this novel way to fund the Kirwan Commission proposal (“Supporters pack hearing in solidarity for sweeping education reforms outlined by Maryland’s Kirwan Commission,” Nov. 12).

Deputize 100 (or more) new Maryland State Police troopers and put them in unmarked cars. Have them ticket drivers who are texting or using their handheld cellphone. After disbursing their pay and benefits, “lockbox” the remaining collections for Kirwan aid to schools.

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This would be an unlimited source of revenue. Total win-win. Safer highways and Kirwan funding.

Mark Zablotny, Annapolis

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