Protect the trust fund, then raise the gas tax

The morons in Annapolis have no common sense. How easy would it have been to index the gas tax to inflation. Your editorial ("Silver lining," April 12) fails to make the connection between the draining of the transportation trust fund and the current crisis. Does the fund need more revenues? Absolutely. It also needs to be protected from the thieves in Annapolis from using its money elsewhere.

The first order of business related to the TTF is to prevent it being raided by the politicians. The next order of business should be to increase the percentage of funds used by the highways and roads. Automobile fees and taxes pay for all transportation — highways, buses, trains and light rail. Public transit is nice to have, but the state of Maryland doesn't seem to have a clue as to how to do it right. Try taking a bus in Baltimore City during rush hour and you will see the system is screwed up.

This failed session shows how bad it is to have career politicians. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller ought to be ashamed of himself for putting gambling ahead of the budget! Of course he is not because he has been there forever and thinks he is GOD! I can't say that House SpeakerMichael E. Buschis tremendously better either.

Bon Mikulka

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