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Congress is giving states the transportation blues

Associated Press Updated: April 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm 0

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. transportation secretary says indecision by Congress about how to pay for programs is again threatening to set back or shut down road and transit projects across the country. That could result in widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

Secretary Anthony Foxx kicked off a bus tour of eight states, including Texas, this week to curry public support to keep federal transportation aid flowing to states. Congress will have to act fast. The Highway Trust Fund — source of much of the aid — is forecast to essentially run dry sometime before the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30 — possibly as early as July.

If that happens, the federal government will have to slow or even halt payments to states.

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