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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is hailing legislation that would delay the scoring and ranking of road projects saying that it would prevent the cancelation of 66 projects.

Maryland lawmakers agreed to delay implementation for two years – that is just beyond next year’s gubernatorial election.

Hogan had wanted full repeal of the measure.

The governor had said that the scoring system would have favored projects in just a few urban counties.

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Eastern shore lawmakers are worried that highway projects may be placed at the bottom of the list with legislation that was approved by the House of Delegates.

While the measure is aimed at making decisions more transparent the lawmakers have been joined by Governor Larry Hogan who opposes the legislation.

WBOC reports that Delegate Carl Anderton said that the measure has a new formula that puts the Eastern Shore projects on the “back burner”.

One concern is that the local governments will not have as much input into the priority of a project.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Marvin Mandel has been remembered at a funeral service attended by top state officials as the architect of modern Maryland.

That's how Gov. Larry Hogan described Mandel at a funeral service in Pikesville on Thursday. The service drew many of the state's political elite, both past and present from both political parties.

Mandel, who died Sunday at the age of 95, became governor in 1969 and remained in the post for most of the 1970s.

He restructured state government and pushed transportation and school construction initiatives.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers have approved a $421 million capital budget for road and construction projects in the fiscal year starting Tuesday.

The spending package approved unanimously in both chambers early Tuesday is a decrease from the $477 million authorization for fiscal 2014.

The budget includes $155 million for transportation projects and about $200 million in new bond authorizations for school construction and other capital improvements.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles getting ready to implement legislative changes that go into effect July.

Among the changes is the repeal of the $64 hybrid vehicle license tax. Those who renewed hybrid vehicle registrations for multiple years are entitled to a refund.

The state sales and use tax also will increase slightly to fund transportation projects.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland business leaders are speaking out in support of new revenues for transportation projects.

Several will be expressing their support in Annapolis Friday, the same day lawmakers will hold a hearing on a bill backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Don Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, is scheduled to attend. Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, is scheduled to speak.

The plan would apply a new 2 percent sales tax on gasoline starting in July. It would increase to 4 percent in July 2014.

The list of road repairs in Wicomico County has been mounting over the years with county highway user fees going to transportation projects throughout the state.

This year the money the county is getting will see a major bump from $343-thousand in the last fiscal year to $615-thosuand in 2013.

But Wicomico County officials say that will still not make much of a dent in the backlog of highway projects that have zero funding.