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  1. 1. Grassroots Discussion of Maryland Environmental Priorities December 18, 2008 Anacostia Watershed Society, Audubon Naturalist Society, Coalition for Smarter Growth, Community Research, and Sierra Club
  2. 2. Four Environmental Priorities <ul><li>Defund the Intercounty Connector </li></ul><ul><li>Pass a Global Warming Solutions Act </li></ul><ul><li>Pass a Smart Growth Package </li></ul><ul><li>Green the Budget and Protect Essential Programs </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Assembly Nuts and Bolts
  4. 4. Key Dates in the 2009 Session <ul><li>January 14 The 2009 General session opens. </li></ul><ul><li>January 26 Environmental Legislative Kickoff (5:00) </li></ul><ul><li>April 13 The 2009 General Session adjourns. </li></ul><ul><li>Every Monday night is Lobby Night if you make it one. </li></ul><ul><li>Every day is Lobby Day…. If you want it to be. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Each district has…. <ul><li>Three delegates and </li></ul><ul><li>One senator </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know who represents you? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, visit: </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Maryland has: </li></ul><ul><li>47 Senators </li></ul><ul><li>141 Delegates </li></ul>
  7. 7. Defunding the ICC <ul><li>Liberates more than $2 billion, and possibly more than $3 billion, for better projects and programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Prohibits new debt for the ICC. </li></ul><ul><li>Prohibits transfers from the General Fund and the Transportation Trust Fund. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The ICC <ul><li>Has been highlighted by national environmental and taxpayer groups as one of the most damaging and wasteful projects in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>Was rejected twice by federal agencies, under the Reagan and Clinton administrations. </li></ul><ul><li>But was fast-tracked by George Bush and Bob Ehrlich. </li></ul>
  9. 9. $3+ Billion, No Relief <ul><li>Three agency studies in 10 years predict that this $3+ billion toll road would provide little or no relief on I-95, I-495, I-270, or numerous major commuter routes. </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic would increase slightly on segments I-95, I-495 and I-270. </li></ul><ul><li>Most congested roads would remain congested. </li></ul><ul><li>The ICC would have no net impact on the total number of accidents or on the average auto commute time in the ICC Study Area. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is the True Direct Cost of the ICC? <ul><li>Principal Cost: $2.4 billion (but this estimate is more than four years old) </li></ul><ul><li>Interest on $2 billion debt: Unknown, but ……. </li></ul><ul><li>Interest on the GARVEE debt: $200 million to $250 million </li></ul><ul><li>Interest on toll revenue debt: $600 million to $1.2 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Total Cost: $3.2 billion to $4 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Plus significant fiscal, economic, environmental, public health and opportunity costs. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How is the ICC Financed? Through Massive Public Debt <ul><li>Roughly 85 percent or more of the ICC’s total cost is debt-financed. </li></ul><ul><li>$750 million in GARVEE debt – plus interest – to be repaid in 14 years from hoped for future federal transportation funds. </li></ul><ul><li>$1.2 billion in toll revenue debt – plus interest – to be repaid from tolls facilities statewide. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The ICC Threatens Non-Transportation Priorities <ul><li>Maryland’s General Fund generally pays for education, health, public safety, libraries, environmental protection and other programs. </li></ul><ul><li>On October 15, the Board of Public Works cut $348 million and more than 800 positions. </li></ul><ul><li>Even so, Maryland faces a General Fund shortfall of $1.9 billion in FY 2009 and FY 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Governor O’Malley is furloughing state workers and more painful cuts may be on the way. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Soaring Oil Prices Hammer the Economy and Affect Transportation Revenues
  14. 14. The ICC Takes a Heavy Toll on Commuters Tolls on the ICC are estimated to be 20 cents per mile (ICC Final EIS) More than $7.50 for a full round trip…. Or nearly $2000 per year for a commuter. Who can afford that?