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Blumenthal: Inaction on highway bill could ‘devastate’ plans to fix CT roads

Interstate intersection

WASHINGTON – Congress faces a looming deadline to approve a highway bill if it wants to keep federal transportation dollars from slowing to a trickle in a few weeks, but there’s no consensus on what to do. To press the GOP to action, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other Democrats unveiled a plan Thursday. Continue Reading →

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3 CT lawmakers buck tide, vote ‘no’ on short-term federal highway bill

WASHINGTON – Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and John Larson were among the minority of House members to vote against a bill Tuesday that would allow federal highway money to continue to flow to the states – but only for another two months. Continue Reading →

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CT says it has six months of transportation funds if Congress fails to act

Putnam bridge

Washington — The law that authorizes federal transportation spending in Connecticut and across the nation runs out at the end of the month, and the fund that pays for that spending is expected to go broke two months later, but Connecticut says it has funding in place for at least six months’ worth of projects if Congress fails to act in time to avert the looming crisis. Continue Reading →

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Murphy presses again for gasoline tax hike to shore up highway fund

Murphy post gun vote presser cropped to mug

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, in partnership with Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, has renewed a push for their proposal to raise the gasoline tax to shore up a transportation fund that will soon run out of money, threatening road and bridge projects in Connecticut and elsewhere across the nation. Continue Reading →

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White House says CT roads and bridges deficient

Trans report cover

WASHINGTON – The White House issued an alarmist report Monday that said 41 percent of Connecticut’s roads are in poor condition and more than 9,500 jobs in the state will be lost unless Congress acts quickly to replenish a fund that pays for a lion’s share of the state’s infrastructure construction and repair. Continue Reading →

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Federal money for Connecticut road projects may dry up

The Q Bridge on I-95 over New Haven harbor under construction.

WASHINGTON — Connecticut and most other states rely on the federal government for the lion’s share of their transportation funding. But because Congress can’t agree on how to fund federal road projects, money for the highway trust fund –financed by largely by gasoline taxes — will run out in a few weeks. Continue Reading →

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