Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell reiterated the need for Maryland to form public-private partnerships to fund state transportation projects during an Urban Land Institute forum on such funding mechanisms.

Mr. Rendell, a Ballard Spahr attorney, said shrinking federal budgets make public-private partnerships more important than ever. He said that transportation funding is one of the few areas of government spending that enjoys public support.

“Citizens are against virtually everything except transportation spending when it is aligned with a specific project,” Mr. Rendell said. “They can see the value. It’s tangible. They can reach out and touch it.”

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