One of MML’s legislative priorities for 2020 is the full and permanent restoration of municipal highway user revenue (HUR). SB 982 and its crossfile HB 1394 are formally introduced in their respective chambers. Both bills seek to accomplish the same four goals:
1. Remove the sunset after FY 24, which if nothing is done would return municipal HUR back to the low levels experienced during the recession.
2. Starting in FY 25, raise municipal HUR back to full funding and increase Baltimore City’s share by about $10 million.
3. Allow for HUR to rise with inflation as is currently the case for the rest of the transportation trust fund.
4. Add HUR into the protections of the transportation trust fund lock box, which is currently not the case.
Preliminary hearing dates have been set for March 4 in the Senate and March 5 in the House.