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Hundreds Oppose Toll Hikes at Public Hearing

The Perryville High School hearing lasted more than six hours.

8:45 p.m.: Hundreds of residents from Harford and Cecil counties joined many of their elected officials at a public hearing Thursday to express their opposition to the state's plan to increase tolls at the Hatem Bridge.

While the meeting continues into the night, here's a sampling of what people had to tell the state officials about the multi-tiered increase proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration.

8:36 p.m.: Cecil County resident Robin Glick Baum quoted a , drawing applause from the crowd for statements in that story by Harford County Executive David Craig.

Her husband teaches in Catonsville, and her family's dentists and doctors are on the other side of the bridge.

8:29 p.m.: Sandy Turner is the coordinator of tourism in Cecil County.

"Higher tolls will discourage visitors from traveling to Cecil," she said. "It will hurt our restaurants, attractions, shops, golf courses and events."

Turner said perception is everything, and that tolling visitors on their way into a locale sends a poor message. She suggested moving the I-95 tolls closer to Delaware.

8:26 p.m.: Chris Jones said he moved to Cecil County a few years ago. He said the tolls in Baltimore can be avoided easily.

"To come to Cecil County, you have to pay that toll. You can go on the Conowingo Dam, but that can't handle the traffic," Jones said. "Also, you guys approved this, without having the hearings first."

8:22 p.m.: Jackie Broomell, who lives in Colora, explains that her daughter, who has a rare cancerous tumor, and her daughter's three children live in Colora with her.

"I have not been able to work for the last four years because I've been home with my daughter and her children," she said. "One of my things I can do with my daughter and her children is put them in the car, take them across the bridge to Havre de Grace to the Promenade."

8:19 p.m.: Paula Gilley, a lifelong resident of Cecil County, spoke on behalf of 500 members of the Cecil County Board of Realtors.

"It is as if there is a barracade that says, 'Do Not Enter,' to those who don't live here," she said. "Consider the economic impact. ... We only got 18 percent of the BRAC people, and most of them are renting because they are trying to decide if they want to live here."

Gilley said the residents of the neighboring counties "have well earned the free use of this bridge."

8:14 p.m.: Joe Carravetta said, "What we have here is taxation without representation. ... It will put a stranglehold on our housing values."

He offered ideas: combine facilities, eliminate the MdTA police—"they're roaming all over the county"—and raise the fees at the Inner Harbor tunnels in Baltimore.

"Where is the economic fairness when we were paying $5 for the Rt. 40 bridge when they were paying $2 down there?" he said.

He raised an issue with the concrete used on the ICC, versus what he said is lower-quality concrete.

"We'll be glad to secede, and tell the governor that," he said, walking off to applause.

8:10 p.m.: Nancy Waltman, of Colora, said diversion traffic is a major issue.

On AVI decals being removed in favor of new technology: "A technology issue? Today? I work with some kids who could probably figure that out for you."

8:09 p.m.: Edward Ellison, a retired Navy veteran, travels across Hatem Bridge multiple times a day for medical treatments.

"It would really cost me if you take away my decal," the elderly man said in a strained voice.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation upon his exit.

"That should be all you need to hear," someone in the crowd shouted after the ovation ended.

8:05 p.m.: A "Mr. Gordon" suggests tolls be placed on other roads, such as: "MD 4, MD 5, MD 97, 214, 255, US 301, US 29, 270."

8 p.m.: An unidentified Harford County woman said fee hikes would make it difficult for families to visit one another.

7:56 p.m.: Cecil County resident Millie Lacort suggests a pass ticket booklet as an alternative program.

"To expect a one-size-fits-all approach is unfair," she said.

7:55 p.m.: Public comment period begins.

7:52 p.m.: Cecil County commissioner Diana Broomell asked for consideration for the public for the June 27 public hearing in Havre de Grace.

"They're going to need a stadium," she said.

Broomell expressed concern over the removal of the AVI decal program: "I'm not buying that this is a safety issue after 30 years."

Instead of the decal program, Broomell said, "We should talk about removing the bridge toll."

Broomell said the county passed a tax rate below the constant yield: "We have to live within our means. I recommend the MdTA consider this as well."

7:51 p.m.: County Councilman Richard Slutzky of Harford County was brief so citizens could speak.

"We are attached at the hip to Cecil County," Slutzky said. "We are one community."

7:47 p.m.: Mary Carol Durange, town commissioner in Charlestown, expressed concern for the incoming BRAC residents seeking homes.

"People will look for houses—they won't come across the bridge to look for houses," she said. "Fair Hill races—people will not come across the bridge for that, either."

7:46 p.m.: Mayor Moody of Rising Sun expressed concern over the increased traffic in his town of 2,800 residents.

"Keep fighting. We don't want this toll increase," he said.

7:42 p.m.: Mayor Wayne Tome of Port Deposit told some history of the small community on the shore of the Susquehanna River between the Tydings Bridge and the Conowingo Dam.

"Port Deposit already faces increased traffic ... this creates damage to Main Street," Tome said. "Please consider and analyze the impact the proposed toll increases will have on Port Deposit."

7:33 p.m.: Mayor Jim Eberhardt of Perryville is joined on the floor by other Perryville representatives and the mayors of all municipalities in Cecil County.

"We are opposed to the discontinuation of the AVI," he said. "You are going to hear from some trucking folks about those tolls. Unbelievable. And you're going to give a discount if you pay more than $7,000 a month in tolls?"

Eberhardt said the proposed toll increases will divide Harford and Cecil counties.

Eberhardt cited some statistical information to display the disparity between the average incomes in Cecil County and Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

"We've heard about redistribution," Eberhardt said. "I didn't know it was going from the poor to the rich."

7:32 p.m.: Havre de Grace Councilman Fred Cullum said the proposed rates only create a taller wall between Havre de Grace and Perryville.

7:31 p.m.: Havre de Grace Councilman Jim Miller said for residents to look at the MdTA budget online, in particular, the MdTA police.

"It's time to get rid of them, and it's time to get rid of the Maryland Transportation Authority. These people behind me have lost touch with reality. I'll implore everyone here ... let's do away with the Maryland Transportation Authority."

Miller said, "Never trust a person with a hyphenated last name," pointing to Swaim-Staley, before walking off and taking a bow before a raucous crowd.

7:27 p.m.: Councilwoman Barbara Wagner said that struggling businesses will struggle more with the proposed hikes.

"Our restaurants, many of the employees live in Cecil County. They are young, lower-income families."

Wagner said many cross the bridge up to five times a day.

"They do this every day," she said. "They do not have bank accounts. They do not have credit cards. They do not have the ability to purchase a transponder."

7:25 p.m.: Council President Bill Martin addresses the crowd, reading a short portion of a resolution created in a .

"We're a proud city of over 200 years," Martin said. "We don't call special session often, and we called one Monday night."

Martin said the Hatem Bridge was built "to unite us, not divide us. ... Tough times demand creative ideas and creative funding."

7:24 p.m.: Dougherty, reading his letter to the crowd, said the tolls create "an unnecessary, unfair barrier" between Havre de Grace and Perryville.

7:22 p.m.: Mayor Dougherty of Havre de Grace reads a letter he sent to the MdTA board on June 6, to which he never received a response. City Council members Fred Cullum, Barbara Wagner, Jim Miller and Council President Bill Martin joined the mayor.

7:21 p.m.: Del. Wayne Norman said traffic will skip I-95 and Rt. 40, and instead drive rural roads to take Rt. 1 over the Conowingo Dam.

Norman said Gov. O'Malley should get rid of one of his chefs, a chauffeur, or the private hunting club he attends, walking off to applause.

7:18 p.m.: Del. Steve Hersey said there were only 12 residents in attendance at the Prince George's County hearing.

Hershey got a loud round of applause in his opening remark on driving through Delaware for a short time on Rt. 301.

"I felt a little different," he said. "I felt a little comfortable in my car. I realized Gov. O'Malley's hand was not in my wallet."

He closed, saying, "If you truly are an independent board, I ask you to stand up to Gov. O'Malley, stand up for these people, and stop the toll hikes."

7:17 p.m.: Smigiel said, "We're going back in session for a special session in October. They want this wrapped up and done before we get an opportunity to discuss it."

He added, "This is a war on the suburban Maryland by the urban areas."

He walked off to laud applause, and a shout of "Thank you, Mike."

7:11 p.m.: Del. Michael Smigiel begins his address.

He said $1.25 billion will be sent to pay for the Intercounty Connector.

"The people who we are paying for are getting a zero percent increase," Smigiel said. "How is that proportional?"

Smigiel said he has asked to get rid of the MdTA police, and replace the bridge patrol with Maryland State Police, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd.

7:09 p.m.: Jacobs said he is a contractor by trade, and, "I've lowered my rates.
I've done whatever it took to keep my people working. ... This is not the time to talk about an increase of any kind on anything."

He said there were 87 people signed up to speak Wednesday night, and applauded the crowd tonight for having 118—as of this point in the evening—signed up to speak.

Jacobs said this proposal is like an earthquake, with the aftershock of raised rates in other industries.

"This is one Maryland. And Maryland does not separate at the Susquehanna, or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge," Jacobs said.

7:05 p.m.: Del. Jay Jacobs takes the microphone and applauds the crowd, which he said is larger than that from last night's public hearing.

Jacobs said the increase in sales taxes from five to six percent in 2008 forced Maryland residents to Delaware. He said the impending increase in alcohol tax will send people to Delaware. He said the proposed increases in tolls will send residents to Delaware to shop.

7:04 p.m.: Glass said the proposed increases impact "low-income, retired and retired military" the most.

He said the proposed increases will force residents to move out of state.

6:59 p.m.: As Del. Glenn Glass prepares to begin, Bing said there are more than 100 members of the public signed up to speak tonight.

Glass said the Twin Cities in Minnesota "do not charge a dime" to cross the Mississippi River.

Glass said residents of Harford and Cecil counties "should not have to pay a penny to cross the bridge."

He goes further, asking why residents should be charged to cross I-95, as well.

6:55 p.m.: Rudolph said there are 144,000 AVI decals in use, many of them for out-of-state residents.

Rudolph proposes AVI decals for Maryland residents remain $10, for out-of-state residents $40. He said he proposes $40 based upon a "Rhode Island case" where it was determined a 4-to-1 rate differential was fair.

Rudolph said the operational costs for the MdTA are roughly 10 percent more than similar organizations around the nation.

He suggests the elimination of "non-revenue transponders."

Rudolph proposes that toll employees should not jump from lane to lane to assist commuters without decals. Instead, he suggests taking a photo of a license plate and mailing the commuter a bill.

6:51 p.m.: Del. David Rudolph begins his address.

He says Maryland residents should have free use of Interstate 95, noting that Cecil County residents are the only ones in the state who pay to use I-95 in Maryland.

6:48 p.m.: Pipkin said he's proposed 24 bills to "fix" the MdTA.

"This agency is broken," Pipkin said.

Pipkin said he went to the board meeting when the proposal was approved, and members of the board suggested more increases would be made after these increases were implemented.

"I'm not going to cut a deal with the devil. What we have here is a big mistake," Pipkin said.

Pipkin suggests Gov. Martin O'Malley and the MdTA Board "get a Yankee hat and go to New York" for the "New York toll rates" they have proposed.

Pipkin said the bridges are meant to bring people together, but the rate increases "tear us apart."

"This isn't a tough decision, this is a stupid decision," Pipkin said.

Pipkin closed by saying the MdTA should "do their job" and re-draft the proposal, tearing up a sheet of paper in a display of what he hopes they do with the current proposal.

6:45 p.m.: Pipkin said just 18 residents of Montgomery County turned out for a public hearing recently.

Pipkin asks for more common sense from the MdTA, before asking how many people in the audience got a raise equivalent to the toll increases proposed.

"It doesn't make sense," Pipkin said, to applause.

"How many of you have been on the Montgomery County ICC?" Pipkin asks.

"The what?!" one resident yells back.

6:44 p.m.: The meeting resumes without audio to the spillover crowd at the back of the auditorium

6:42 p.m.: A technical delay in the sound system is said to need three minutes for repair.

6:41 p.m.: Sen. E.J. Pipkin opens his address by facing the crowd, turning his back to the MdTA board, saying his crowd is the audience, not the board at the table in front of the stage.

6:37 p.m.: Jacobs said: "We're the only county in the state that we charge our residents to come home at night. If they work in Delaware, we charge them there, too."

She continued: "The majority of people here use their AVI stickers. They don't use their transponders. To take that AVI sticker away, and charge them to use a transponder, is highway robbery. I would ask you, no I would beg of you, to give, if you're going to take away their AVI sticker, please provide every member who wants to cross that bridge with a free transponder."

Residents in the back of the auditorium yell, "That's not good enough."

Jacobs added: "Cecil County schools play Harford County schools. Parents travel back and forth. ... I have proposals I would like to sit down with you and talk about. It's more important to me that you hear from my people than to hear me speak. ... I really hope you will make these transponders free."

The crowd boos, yelling, "That's not good enough!"

Jacobs responds, by saying, "As you can see, we are wedded to the AVI sticker."

6:35 p.m.: Jacobs references a quote from 1940 in The Baltimore Sun, which said the bridge would one day "in the near future" be toll-free. The crowd cheers.

6:34 p.m.: Sen. Nancy Jacobs begins her address by saying, "Cecil County people are hardworking people. ... They're here tonight because they are hurting. They need your help."

Jacobs said there is a "very important veteran's hospital" in Cecil County, which draws people from all over the state, and that "it will cost them more to pay for tolls than it will for medication."

6:32 p.m.: Harris closes by saying, "The Hatem Bridge is a very unusual facility. You have businesses on both sides right up to that bridge. It divides a community."

6:30 p.m.: Harris said, "Cecil County has among the highest unemployment rates in the state of Maryland, many percent higher than those jurisdictions where you're going to take these people's money to and build the ICC."

The Intercounty Connector (ICC) was built in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

6:28 p.m.: Congressman Andy Harris opens the comment period: "This is democracy in action, we hope. I hear reports that this is a done deal, that this decision needs to be made, despite what these hundreds of people feel. I ask the board, that would be the wrong thing to do."

The crowd applauds.

"This decision was made in some smoke-filled rooms. You won't give us the data you used to make these decisions," Harris said.

6:26 p.m.: Bing said elected officials and organizational representatives will be given five minutes to speak. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak following elected officials.

6:25 p.m.: Brown said the $1.50 monthly charge for an E-ZPass account does not apply to each transponder on an account, simply to the account itself.

6:22 p.m.: Brown said the first phase of the proposed plan would eliminate the AVI decal plan, and an E-ZPass plan would be offered for a discounted rate of $36 a year for unlimited trips.

He said the second phase would take the fee for E-ZPass plans on the Hatem Bridge to $72 a year for unlimited tolls. The crowd boos loudly, drowning out Brown's voice.

A five-axel fee on the Hatem and Tydings Bridges would be $36 per trip, Brown said.

For more on the proposed changes, click .

6:19 p.m.: Randy Brown of the MdTA is giving some key points on the toll proposal. He reminds those in attendance that there are handouts and display boards in the lobby.

6:18 p.m.: Swaim-Staley said there is no good time to raise tolls, but major commitments to facilities were made in 2005. She said $700 million was committed to facility upgrades, and there is a commitment to repay that debt.

"We will be here as long as it takes this evening," Swaim-Staley reiterated.

6:15 p.m.: MdTA Chairman Beverley K. Swaim-Staley opens the meeting by saying the MdTA Board will "be here as long as it takes" to hear everyone's comments.

6:14 p.m.: The video states there is $2.7 billion in debt to be paid, and that transportation links such as the Hatem Bridge "would not exist" without tolls.

6:10 p.m.: A video by the Maryland Transportation Authority is shown to the standing-room-only crowd.

6:03 p.m.: The meeting begins with facilitator Andrew Bing drawing applause from an antsy crowd by starting the meeting.

Sen. Nancy Jacobs led the crowd in The Pledge of Allegiance.

A laundry list of elected officials is read, and those not included on the list are introducing themselves via a roaming microphone as Bing jogs about the auditorium.

5:55 p.m.: The public hearing is scheduled to begin in five minutes. Keep up with all the news here on this blog.

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5:50 p.m.: It will be standing-room-only here at Perryville High School tonight. Our photo on this post was taken at 5:30 p.m., and there were very few open seats available then.

Event organizers said Wednesday's public hearing at Kent Island High School drew 800 members of the community.

For a list of all upcoming MdTA public hearings, click here.

5:15 p.m.: We're situated in the front row of the auditorium at Perryville High School, where we'll attempt to provide a live blog of tonight's public hearing on tolls at Hatem Bridge.

Display boards are located in the cafeteria at the rear of the auditorium, and the public comment session is set to begin at 6 p.m.

We'll try to update as much as possible from tonight's proceedings.

To read our coverage of the proposed changes to the toll rate and the discontinuation of the AVI decal program, check out the following links:

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Another public hearing will be held at the June 27 at 6 p.m.

A full list of public hearings can be found here.

Bill Lawson June 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM
This is crazy! There's about a thousand people there!
Donald June 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM
O'malley is not going to stop until he runs this state in the ground. Remember when he was runing on tax increase and no fees and what is he doing raising taxes and fees on everything he can. He is a good lairer and the peploe in this state voted for him.
Donald June 17, 2011 at 12:23 AM
people
Bill Lawson June 17, 2011 at 12:35 AM
I did a little checking and found out that transponders (EZpass devices) cost different in each state: NJ charges $12 per year maintenance fee & ZERO one time transponder fee. PA charges $6 per year maintenance fee & ZERO one time transponder fee. Delaware charges $25 one time transponder fee but ZERO maintenance fee. Maryland charges $21 one time transponder fee AND $18 per year maintenance fee. So we have to pay for our Transponders, AND pay the most for the annual maintenance. And now they want to raise the tolls 500-700%? What's wrong MDTA?
Sean Welsh June 17, 2011 at 12:35 AM
I would guess so. It has emptied out some, but it is still packed.
Dot Hines June 17, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I couldn't make the meeting, I had to drive my son to Delaware for practice, the 7th time I've crossed that bridge in 7 days and I live and work in Harford County so it shows that people use the bridge for more than commuting to work. But we did get caught up in the traffic jam coming out of the tolls. Thank you to everyone who was present at the meeting. I did not see any references to Mary Dulany-James or Sen. Glassman or David Craig or any county council members. Were any of them present?
Bill Pike June 17, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Like it or not, tolls need to go up to allow the MdTA to invest in infrastructure. The toll increase is insignificant compared to the benefits of improved infrastructure. If you don't like tolls, take the short detour to the Conowingo Dam.
Bill Lawson June 17, 2011 at 02:17 AM
I understand a toll increase. I don't have a problem with a reasonable cost increase. That's normal. But these increases are way above what is reasonable and expected.
betty coakley June 17, 2011 at 02:42 AM
I plan to do all I can to find our the names of the elected officials who attended. I could not be there tonight but will be there at the Havre de Grace meeting. I think they need a larger meeting room. I also think we should have a formal legal petition ready for all to sign that petitions the removal of the current board. Of the county council, the Aberdeen representative was mentionned in the article, but the Havre de Grace representative was not. Andy Harris was mentionned, but Dutch Ruppersberger was not. The only persons of the Annapolis delegation who were identified as being there were Glass and Jacobs. These people on this board are trying to steal from our pockets. Our representatives have a fiduciary responsibility to be there, and be speakers for us.
Dot Hines June 17, 2011 at 02:46 AM
I understand the need for a toll increase, but to raise the fees by over 250% in a single year, and then by another 100% the following year is absolutely unacceptable. We just had a 100% increase a little over a year ago for the Hatem Bridge. What seems to make sense is to keep the AVI sticker program for Harford and Cecil County residences and businesses, raise THAT fee to $20/year (a 100% increase), and raise the toll for all other users to MATCH those on the other bridges. The Hatem bridge is a unique connector in Maryland, I realize that the Bay Bridge and the Nice Bridge also connect 2 adjoining counties. However, people in Perryville depend upon services/businesses in Havre de Grace and Aberdeen for their everyday lives. And likewise, people in Havre de Grace and Aberdeen depend upon services/businesses in Perryville and its vicinity. Some accomodation should be made for this unique situation. The AVI sticker program is more accomodating than the MD EZ Pass program. The EZ Pass program requires credit cards, and not everyone has one, plain and simple.
Dot Hines June 17, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Betty, Please do try to get those names. I hope that after the Havre de Grace meeting, the voters in Cecil and Harford will have a better idea of who is actually willing to represent the people who elected them. As for the Havre de Grace meeting, someone had better line up the high school auditorium and move the meeting there, or it will be absolute chaos over at the Activity Center. I think that meeting room may only hold about 100 people.
Brent June 17, 2011 at 03:20 AM
They can have a toll increase, but killing the AVI decal program in exchange for the overpriced sham MD calls it's EZ Pass program is just a money-grab that is senselessly going to hurt the residents of these two counties. They seem to want to rob us to pay for the rest of the state, and people here have had enough.
Hollee Sifford June 17, 2011 at 03:50 AM
How about Harris Field and if weather impeads said meeting then move into the auditorium if it is available..Just a suggestion.
Sara-Jayne Walker June 17, 2011 at 04:17 AM
Would it be possible to purchase these transponders from PA like we go to DE to shop?
Sara-Jayne Walker June 17, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Another question, what can we do (if anything) with legal representation to the MDTA and the Govenor for causing undo hardship to the residents of the state? Some where I heard that this was unconstitutional? Has anyone looked into this aspect? What happened to taxation with out representation? Our toll increases are to pay for the ICC. I say we have a Susquehanna Tea Party!!! Lets throw O' Malley and the MDTA overboard!!!!
Fred Cullum June 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Betty, At some point there will be a public record of the hearing available,not sure how long that may be. Everyone of us that attended and spoke were signed in, so there is a list. I don't think it will be any surprise to you what member of our delegation was not there, nor as far as I have seen, has uttered a single word on this issue that is so important to the district they represent.
Bill Lawson June 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM
I was thinking the same thing. I was planing on asking that question at the public hearing last night, but with such a large turn out, I didn't have time to wait until later in the evening when I would get a turn to speak.
Fred Cullum June 17, 2011 at 01:05 PM
According to the information that was handed out, the discounted rates only apply to Maryland issued E-Zpass transponders.
Tom Fitzpatrick June 17, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Fred is right. Discounted rates on Maryland issued EZ Pass transponders only apply in Maryland (and only if you're diligent enough to be sure you've signed up for the discount program, because they won't volunteer the information). When my EZ pass trips the toll reader on SR-1 in Delaware, the Pa Turnpike, or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, I'm paying full retail price.
Fred Cullum June 17, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Does anyone know what time this ended last night? Whoever is in charge of setting up the these hearings certainly needs to find another location for the June 27 one in Havre de Grace. There is no way the Community Crnter will be large enough.
Hollee Sifford June 17, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Fred...I did suggest Harris Field weather permitting or possibly HHS Auditorium it accomodates 999 wonder how i know that :) just need to check with school on availability whoever coordinates it.Harris field would certainly be more then spacous gues for that u need to talk to karen Green not sure though.
Hollee Sifford June 17, 2011 at 02:31 PM
how about the community center?Just a thought
betty coakley June 17, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Fred - You, and the rest of ur elected officials need to be complimented on the way you are representing your consituency in this matter. We, in Havre de Grace, should also take note that Nancy Jacobs has been on top of the situation from the beginning. I think it is about time that we do something about seeing that we cannot be taxed by a group who is not elected. In the meantime, the rest of us to say 'thank you' to our local representation - our council, our mayor, and our senator.
Karen green June 17, 2011 at 06:12 PM
The Activity Center gymnasium is what is being used with other rooms being utilized by the MDTA. We are prepared to seat 1,000 people. The High school auditorium holds 999. We are fully accessible. As far as politicians who did not attend last night, they still can come on the 27th. Perhaps some couldn't make it on the 16th. They still have the opportunity to attend and to hear what their constituents have to say. What source of funds paid for the Hatem Bridge renovations? Was it red ink all the way?
Jan Scheibler June 17, 2011 at 07:28 PM
The latest from Nancy Jacobs is that she may be able to get discounts for cretain groups" veterans that need medical at Perrypoint" "people in state oprograms"' farmers" What happened to the Nancy Jacobs that was all fire and brimstone when this was announced how she woulod instigate a lawsuit on our behalf. Now MAYBE she can talk the MdTA in to some discounts for afew. We need all our representatives to be vocal and legislate help for Harford and Cecil Counties or we will remain the State'''s cash cow to pay for projects that do nothing for us.
Amazed June 17, 2011 at 08:04 PM
The MTA informed me that the AVI is based on outdated '70's technology... hmmm... where else can we find anyone using outdated bar code scan technology?... lets see... um... no don't tell me... well there is every store you're likely to walk into, but I guess they don't count... Face it, rich, well connected Democratic counties need money to pay for something... do you really think the Gov. and Annapolis are worried about alienating the residents of two counties that historically vote Republican? Right, he's shakin' in his boots.
betty coakley June 17, 2011 at 08:17 PM
We have one member of the delegation who may show up on the 27th. If that person does it will be a long awaited miracle.
betty coakley June 17, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Discounts aren't good enough, are they?
RP June 19, 2011 at 07:05 AM
This has made national news, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/18/toll-roads-targeted-for-major-fare-increases/?test=latestnews

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