Senate President: Md. Transportation Bill Expected

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    Gov. Martin O'Malley (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Maryland's Senate president says he's confident Gov. Martin O'Malley will submit a transportation funding measure early next week.

    Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Friday stopped short of discussing any details about what such a measure would include. But he says he's confident an administration bill will be ``read across the desk on Monday night,'' when lawmakers gather for session.

    Miller, D-Calvert, met with O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, on Thursday to talk about transportation funding.

    Maryland faces a growing backlog on transportation projects and terrible traffic congestion.

    The state has not raised its 23.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax since 1992. Last year, O'Malley proposed phasing in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline, but the measure stalled.