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Duncan Toots His Own Horn

Ehrlich Comes a-Calling

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) plans to make a campaign-style swing through Montgomery County on Monday to promote the construction of the intercounty connector and, most likely, his campaign for reelection in 2006.

With media cameras in tow, Ehrlich plans to take a bus tour of the two proposed routes, his second such tour in a year.

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After the tour, Ehrlich will speak at a Tech Council of Maryland luncheon at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Later in the afternoon, the governor and his Cabinet will hold a meeting in Rockville.

"They have been going around the state doing it in different venues," said Ken Mease, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Push for Metro Funding

The County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday calling on the governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of the District to come up with a long-range strategy for funding the Metro system.

Unlike many metropolitan areas, Washington's mass transit system does not have a dedicated funding source, such as a special tax. If such funding sources are not developed, council members warn that it is only a matter of time before the system could go broke.

"If they don't, the question is not if the system will suffer a major break down, but when," council member Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) said in a statement.

Duncan joined the council's call for more funding, including additional federal aid.

Recycling Legislation

The County Council approved tough standards this week that ban trash haulers from dumping recyclable materials at county-operated landfills.

Under the proposal, which still must be approved by Duncan, haulers could be turned away if their load contains a noticeable amount of recyclable materials, such as bottles, cans, newspapers, mixed paper and cardboard. After one year, trash haulers could be fined if they are caught dumping recyclable materials.

Patrick Lacefield, a council spokesman, said the legislation primarily targets haulers who transport garbage from businesses, restaurants and offices.

Although Montgomery residents have a fairly good record when it comes to recycling, Lacefield said some commercial establishments are less dependable. Legislative analysts estimate the legislation could divert up to 125,000 tons of recyclable waste from landfills annually.

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