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Ehrlich pledges to restore road money

Republican Robert Ehrlich says he would restore about $60 million in local aid for road maintenance that has been cut during the recession if he is elected governor.

Ehrlich, who is running against Gov. Martin O'Malley in a rematch, said Friday that steep cuts in road maintenance shortchanges local governments.

Maryland counties have absorbed big cuts in road maintenance funds as lawmakers have struggled to fill budget holes during the recession.

Ehrlich says his first budget proposal would restore 25 percent of the $240 million that has been cut from road maintenance funds statewide.

Both Ehrlich and O'Malley are in Ocean City for the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference.

-- Associated Press

For more, read our Maryland Politics blog.

By Michael Bolden  | August 20, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Transportation Politics  
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Comments

Roads? We don't need no stinking roads.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Where's it going to come from, after you cut taxes?

Posted by: jckdoors | August 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Ehrlich, who is running against Gov. Martin O'Malley in a rematch,"

False.

Ehrlich is running for the republican nomination for governor of maryland, and THEN (if he wins) he will be running against O'Malley in a rematch.

Ehrlich still has to beat Palin endorsed Murphy just to get the republican nomination.
It's far from a done deal, especially if Palin decides to actively campaign for murphy in maryland.

Does Ehrlich's campaign manager write these columns for you?

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 20, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Ehrlich had to be governor in flush times when you could throw money at anything you wanted to. Even then, he was only so-so.

O'Malley's had to run things in a really rough fiscal environment. He's done a good job and he's not running a flimflam campaign that promises something for nothing. Why on earth would we choose Bobby Haircut?

Posted by: krickey7 | August 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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