HAGERSTOWN - Lt. Gov.-elect Michael Steele told a trucking industry group Thursday that the new administration will try to avoid raising the gas tax.
Steele also assured the largely Western Maryland audience that their needs in transportation and other areas will not be forgotten.
"I know a lot of people here feel like they're cut off. I'm here to tell you, you do matter," Steele told the audience of about 100 people at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown.
"It's important we make sure the resources reach here as much as they reach downtown Baltimore," he said.
Steele spoke at a dinner sponsored by the Maryland Motor Truck Association's Western Maryland Chapter.
Steele said he and Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. have their work cut out for them when they take office in January. They will have to close a budget gap of nearly $2 billion.