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Rosapepe to Call for Referendum on Transportation

The state senator from District 21 is pushing for a constitutional amendment to bring the issue of transportation funding to the voters.

Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D- District 21) said he will reintroduce a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to bring the issue of transportation funding to the voters. 

Rosapepe said he will work with Del. Brian Feldman (D-District 15) on an amendment authorizing the governor and legislators to craft a specific plan for infrastructure investment. Voters would then have the chance to vote on that plan through referendum. 

A constitutional amendment would be required because the constitution doesn't currently permit referendums of this kind. 

Rosapepe first introduced the idea during the legislature's second special session last August. He said the plan is needed because there is little faith that the legislature will approve an increase in the gas tax to pay for transportation improvements. 

A copy of the amendment and more information on the bill is available at www.endgridlockinmd.com.

Odenton Patriot (and not a Raven) January 17, 2013 at 01:09 AM
"He said the plan is needed because there is little faith that the legislature will approve an increase in the gas tax to pay for transportation improvements." ---- Good! I'm glad the legislature won't approve it. It's a bad idea. It's nothing but smoke and mirrors to put money in the coffers to fund the liberal agenda in Annapolis. The legislature won't enact it because they have absolutely no faith whatsoever that the money will be used for its intended purposes, and they're right! Instead, it will used to fund abortions in Baltimore City and to further trample on land rights on the Eastern Shore. I doubt seriously that it will be used for its intended purpose even with a Constitutional amendment. This Governor snubs his nose at both the U.S. and Maryland Constitutions consistently. Rosapepe is nothing but a run of the mill tax and spend liberal who thinks that Annapolis has the answer to every problem. NOT!

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