The first 100 days of any new administration are hectic and complex: being sworn in, setting up offices, drafting the first budget, moving forward with legislation and selecting key staff. It also provides the first glimpse of how the administration will set priorities and develop policies.
Our assessment considers the actions of Governor Hogan’s administration from a smart growth perspective. For over 20 years, we have worked to advance smart growth by supporting programs and policies that encourage investment in our cities and towns, create transportation choices and foster a healthy environment.
This assessment shows a mixed bag for the Hogan administration. Many cabinet appointments appear sound, but a few give us pause. Additionally, lower level appointments, such as Paul Comfort as head of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), are seriously troublesome. Also of concern is the Governor’s continued misrepresentation of the stormwater utility fee as a rain tax; however, the Governor has committed to signing a bill that strengthens the stormwater program by improving state and local accountability.
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Transportation for America just released their study "Weighing Maryland's Economic Future: Assessing the Benefits from the Red and Purple Lines."
The Red and Purple rail transit lines planned for Maryland represent a significant investment in the state’s future and economy. These two lines would help position Maryland for economic success in ways that few other investments are likely to do. Drawing from experience across the nation, a new Transportation for America report to be released Tuesday May 5, 2015, attempts to assess the full range of potential economic benefits from these two planned lines — at a time when competitor regions are moving forward with their own ambitious transit plans and companies and workers alike are being drawn in increasing numbers to walkable locations with high-quality transit.
You can also get more information at Transportation for America.