FEDERAL FUNDING FOR STATE ROADS.
RUNNING ON FUMES...
IF CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT.
POLITICAL REPORTER JESSICA ARP EXPLAINS WHAT ROAD
PROJECTS COULD GET HELD UP..
AND WHAT *ONE MEMBER OF CONGRESS SAYS SHOULD BE DONE.
THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY TRUST FUND IS SET TO RUN OUT OF
MONEY BY THE END OF AUGUST...
POTENTIALLY AFFECTING VERONA ROAD AND THE I-39-90
AND ONE CONGRESSMAN
NATS OF BACKHOE
A BEVY OF BACKHOES ON VERONA ROAD.
CREATING A CONCERTO OF CONSTRUCTION...
THAT'S MUSIC TO A CONTRACTOR'S EARS.
THAT THEY'LL SET UP TO SPEAK THEIR MIND OVER THE
over the loud background noise whether or not that
next stage goes forward is unknown at this point
JIM HOFFMAN OWNS HOFFMAN CONSTRUCTION...
THEY'RE THE ONES YOU'RE MAD AT WHEN YOU WEAVE THROUGH
VERONA ROAD WORK.
BUT RIGHT NOW.
HE'S MAD AT CONGRESS.
how can i as a businessman go out and hire new workers
:34 we are ready willing and able to do that but i
need some certainty, need to see a commitment fromt
he fed govt that they will meet the obligations and
appropriations that have been made
THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND.
WHICH PAYS FOR HALF OF THIS WORK THROUGH AN 18.4 CENT
A GALLON FEDERAL GAS TAX...
IS SET TO RUN OUT OF MONEY IN AUGUST...
THE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BUDGET ENDS IN SEPTEMBER...
IF CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT BEFORE THEN.
IT LEAVES THE STATE HOLDING THE BAG.
42;41 under a scenario where the federal program basically
stops, which it would in the absence of a reauth or
cont bill, the impact of that would be signficant
:00 and i cant say that there would be any project
that woulndt be affected :06
180 PROJECTS COULD BE AFFECTED.
SO IN THE MEANTIME CONGRESSMAN MARK POCAN SAYS...
CONGRESS SHOULD TURN TO RAISING THE GAS TAX...
WHICH HASN'T BEEN TOUCHED SINCE 1993.
gasoline is paid for by users of the road, so its
the best most fair ways to find this funding :25 but
i'm open to otehr ways to find funding :27 but what
we cant be afraid to do, is just because its an election
eyar be afraid to talk about revenue, we've been doing
that for far too long ;34
CLEARLY NOT ALL OF CONGRESS AGREES WITH POCAN...
THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER PROPOSALS OFFERING TO CREATE
A MILEAGE FEE IN PLACE OF THE GAS TAX...
NONE HAVE YET CAUGHT TRACTION.
GOTTLIEB SAYS THE STATE CAN FUND ROAD PROJECTS THROUGH
THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
WITHOUT AFFECTING THE PAY OF CONTRACTORS.
-- MICHELLE --