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Bowman named to transportation panel

December 11, 1998

WILLIAMSPORT - Local businessman Donald Bowman has been named to a "blue ribbon" committee to address transportation funding in Maryland, Gov. Parris N. Glendening's office announced Thursday.

Bowman, president of DM Bowman Inc. trucking company in Williamsport, said he was honored to be named to the 19-member Transportation Investment Committee and hoped he could contribute something to it.

The joint legislative and private-sector committee will closely examine current and future revenues and expenditures to determine how much revenue needs to rise to meet future transportation demands, according to a press release.

It also will recommend the timing for the General Assembly to consider a revenue increase, the press release said.

The committee is scheduled to meet three times and complete its mission in January, Bowman said.

He said he wasn't going to be able to attend the committee's first meeting in Annapolis on Thursday because of a previous commitment.

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Bowman said he hopes to bring the trucking industry and retail perspectives to the committee, which has to find a "win-win balance" for all interests, including motorists, transportation people and people who sell fuel and gasoline in Maryland.

The committee needs to be careful not to raise the motor fuel tax - now 23.5 cents per gallon - so high that Maryland sellers lose customers to neighboring states, he said.

Past chairman of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, Bowman said he served on a similar committee under former governor William Donald Schaefer.

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