“The simplest solution would be to raise the tax — with gas selling well over $3 a gallon, many motorists might not even notice — but that's out of the question in the current political climate. Other proposals, such as tolls on the interstate, are nonstarters.”
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June 12, 2012
The Surface Transportation Act, called the highway bill for short, is the basic measure funding the nation's roads, bridges and mass transportation systems. Typically, the bill lasts for four to six years, giving state transportation officials needed time for long-term planning.
The last bill expired in 2009. Congress has temporarily extended it nine times since then, most recently in March. That extension expires June 30. So much for long-term transportation planning.
With May's dismal jobs report showing a loss for the month of 28,000 construction jobs, you would think that renewing the transportation act would be an urgent priority. You would be wrong…