Leaders of 21 state transportation departments held a news conference this afternoon at the AASHTO Washington Briefing in Crystal City, VA, imploring Congress to act quickly to restore legal authority for the Highway Trust Fund so federal reimbursements to the states for highway and transit projects can resume. "States cannot proceed doing business as usual -- planning projects, implementing projects, and financing projects -- without any kind of certainty about federal funds. Federal funds have to be there for us," said Butch Brown, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation and AASHTO president. "Congress has to move quickly to correct this by passing legislation and getting it signed into law. This is a bad situation and it's only going to get worse."
State DOTs Explain Consequences of HTF Shutdown, Urge Congress to Promptly Resolve