Robert Ehrlich's $1 billion capital budget would cut nearly $100
million from the state’s transportation budget, the Capital
News Service reported Jan. 23.
budget calls for $1.64 billion in transportation spending, which
is $94 million less than last year. In addition, the cuts in transit
dollars will continue for the next five years, the news service
budget includes no new transportation projects, highway spending
would actually increase slightly over the previous year, and the
budget would pay to finish such projects as the Woodrow Wilson
Bridge. Most of the hits were absorbed by aviation and funding
for the Metro.
also signaled to the state’s lawmakers during his budget presentation
that he did not favor a proposed 5- to 10-cent fuel tax, saying
it was not appropriate in light of the possible war with Iraq.