Transpo groups want tax money

Opposition rises over a federal climate bill that will divert money from transportation projects.

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A group of associations that includes paving suppliers and trade unions have signed onto a letter urging U.S. senators not to divert money from the Highway Trust Fund.

The groups are opposing a federal climate bill that could take money from the federal gas tax, which currently goes into the Highway Trust Fund to pay for transportation projects.

The federal gas tax puts 18.4 cents per gallon of gas sold into the federal Highway Trust Fund. That fund already fails to keep up with the need for transportation projects, requiring emergency transfers to stay solvent.

According to federal Department of Transportation estimates, it would take more than $30 billion more per year to just maintain the country’s existing transportation system, said Tony Dorsey, spokesman for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. “To divert money from the Highway Trust Fund, used to pay for projects that are critically important right now, there is no wiggle room here to be moving money anywhere,” he said.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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