- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Local officials say they’re running on empty when it comes to transportation funding.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told lawmakers on Tuesday about problems local officials are facing after cuts in recent years to funds used to repair roads.

Leggett, who is president of the Maryland Association of Counties, told a Senate panel that the cuts can cause a big strain on local governments. He says local officials end up borrowing money for repairs.

Rawlings-Blake says when it comes to transportation funding for Baltimore, the city is lacking.

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley made big cuts to highway user revenue to help balance the budget during his tenure. Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget has even less money for local highway projects than last year’s budget.

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