The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Tragedy in Maryland

Mar 14, 2022

A 17-year-old high school student was killed when his car collided with a commuter train at a crossing in Anne Arundel County, outside Baltimore. The former football star died, a tragedy for his family and friends.

This tragedy had been foretold 20 years earlier, when an area planning group pointed out that this light rail intersection and another nearby were accidents waiting to happen.

Anne Arundel County officials appear to have been waiting for the State of Maryland to take the responsibility, since they run the light rail, and come up with the funds to pay for this upgrade, and for many other intersections with the same problems, although Anne Arundel is one of the wealthiest counties in the country.

Likewise, the State of Maryland’s budget—in what has been called the wealthiest state in the country—always lacks funding for rail, buses, bridges, roads.

If this is the way funding is handled in a rich state, how much worse is the situation in poorer states, with even less tax money to begin with?