HUR Legislation Info
Our Highway User Restoration Bill, although slightly amended, passed both houses of origin and we are now just waiting for the bills to be taken up and approved in the opposite chambers. In addition, it looks like the $20.4 million in municipal grant monies is safe, at least for now, in the FY 2020 State budget. It also appears as though municipalities will see approximately $2 million more in additional transportation monies as a result of funding added in a third budget supplement. Of course, with 15 days to go in the legislative session, anything can happen, but as of today, things are looking pretty good for MML! Thanks for the help and support of all MML members this session. None of this could have been achieved without the strong showing of our membership every step of the way.
If you would like a copy of MML's PSA, please contact Kevin Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are asking that all municipalities with cable media outlets run the PSA as often as possible.
Use and search Number FixLocalRoads and Number RestoreHURs on social media to join in the conversation and promote the HUR legislation.
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Maryland's gas tax and vehicle registration fees go directly into the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for transportation related projects. Maryland's Cities and Town maintain nearly 15% of the total highway lane mileage in the state, but they receive less then 1/2 a % of the money from the Transportation Trust Fund. This needs to change! And we need your help!
1.5 million Marylanders live in our 157 incorporated cities and towns. Municipalities provide essential, quality of life services such as water and sewer, police protection, trash removal, recycling, road maintenance, snow removal, parks and recreation, and streetlights.
Under Maryland’s Smart Growth laws, all municipalities are considered Priority Funding Areas (PFAs), which means they must have transportation infrastructure in place to support future growth in the State.
Municipal roads are among the oldest, and most heavily traveled roads in the State. These roads and bridges not only serve municipal residents, but are used by ALL residents of the State to access places of employment and important services and facilities in cities and towns.
Municipal HURs were first reduced by 96% in 2009 when the monies were used to backfill the State’s budget shortfall during the economic downturn. Since that time, municipalities have lost over $245 million with no plans for repayment.
We need to restore municipal highway user revenues (HURs), not only to meet current road maintenance needs, but more importantly, to provide a long-term, stable funding source for municipal transportation projects.