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Testimony to the Montgomery County Council re County Executive Ike Leggett’s Request for Supplemental Appropriation for Study of Rapid Transit System

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The Coalition for Smarter Growth supports the supplemental request by the County Executive for $1 million to further advance the proposed Rapid Transit System. We believe that the request is focused on the important implementation issues including service planning, integration with RideOn and Metrobus, bike/ped access, transit signal prioritization, organizational

New owner projects 200-plus new jobs at Clinton hospital

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The new owner of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center anticipates spending $150 million in improvements and generating at least 200 new jobs within the next three years, as the Clinton hospital joins the industry trend of integration.

Washington Studies a VMT Tax. Where Is Virginia?

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While Governor Bob McDonnell proposes to scrap the gasoline tax on the grounds that drivers are shifting to more fuel-efficient vehicles and alternate fuels, the state of Washington is heading in a very different direction — instituting a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) tax. According to the Associated Press, a committee of transportation experts recently concluded that it was feasible to shift from gasoline taxes to a “pay as you go” road-fee system. A virtue of the tax is that it would treat drivers on an equitable basis, regardless of how much gasoline their cars burned. Washington is joining 18 other states in studying the alternative.

No Tax on Gasoline? A Terrible Policy for Transportation and our Economic Competitiveness

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RICHMOND, VA -- Governor McDonnell said yesterday, "That’s right, no more gas tax at the pump. No sales tax at the pump either." "The Governor's proposal to eliminate all state taxes on gasoline isn't bold, it's terrible policy," said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. "It would send exactly the wrong market signal.

Virginia Governor Proposes Eliminating State Gasoline Tax

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Virginia would become the first state in the country to eliminate its gasoline tax if a major transportation funding plan proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell (R) is approved by the General Assembly. Revenue from the state gas tax of 17.5 cents per gallon, last raised by lawmakers in 1986, would be replaced