Short-term funding for transportation inexcusable

An editorial from The Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — It’s a problem that demands a solution.

The U.S. Congress, for years, has been unable to find one.

The subject is federal funding for transportation projects across the nation.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said this month that the federal Highway Trust Fund Account will be “insolvent” by early September and the Mass Transit Account will follow suit in early October unless there is congressional action before the expiration of the current bill July 31.

Also, the trust fund is projected to dip below $4 billion, a threshold which triggers cash-management procedures that include delayed reimbursements to states.

Congress has passed nothing but short-term funding bills since 2009. The 35th came Wednesday, when the House voted 312-119 to add $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent until Dec. 18.

That’s a horrible way to run a country…

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