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June 19, 2009

Bonus quiz: Test your Maryland moxie

A recent Maryland governor proposed slapping a $50 surcharge on traffic fines and using the extra money to pay  transportation projects? Which one was it?

a.) William Donald Schaefer

 b.) Parris N. Glendening

 c.) Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

 d.) Martin O’Malley

The answer will be posted here Monday.

Posted by Michael Dresser at 6:18 AM | | Comments (2)


I will guess Ehrlich.

This reminds me of how they do it in Florida. The state levies something like a $100 fine, then each jurisdiction tacks on their own amount as a way to generate revenue. After you get the county and city tacking on amounts, people wind up paying like $250-300 for a speeding ticket, and this is just for "normal" speeding, not the extreme situations where the person was doing 20+ MPH over the limit.

I say Willie Don. He liked finding ways to generate revenue to pay for projects and building things, in general.

The views expressed above are my own.

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Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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