Maryland’s Department of Transportation is facing billions in cuts to address shortfalls that will squeeze operations and construction budgets.
State officials spent the better part of this week briefing lawmakers and local leaders on an 8% across-the-board cut to all the agencies within the Maryland Department of Transportation.
The Department of Transportation, in a statement responding to questions about the cuts and an expected public announcement next week, blamed the troubles on flagging revenues used to support road and transit projects.
“During a period when families are still feeling the effects of inflation, it’s incumbent on state government to take a balanced approach that tightens its belt while still making strategic investments in the future,” the department said in a statement. “The Moore-Miller Administration has been clear about the challenging budget shortfalls facing Maryland that have long been forecasted to take place. The depths of those structural problems only became clearer over time.
“Maintaining a sustainable, balanced budget requires a number of hard choices while still making key investments to grow Maryland’s economy, which is what the upcoming budget aims to accomplish.”