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Governors criticize DC over delay in road funding; Biden says up to states

Vice President Joe Biden in an address to the governors said “corrosive” politics have gridlocked Washington and that it will be up to states to find answers.

The Trucker News Services

7/14/2014

Governors attending the National Governors Association meeting in Nashville this past weekend criticized Congress’ delay in enacting a long-term funding plan for fixing the nation’s highways.

“These sort of half-solutions, kicking the can down the road, short-term sorts of things, this is not a way to inspire business confidence or consumer confidence,” said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat.

While the governors said they hope for at least a short-term deal, they were concerned that Washington gridlock will affect future infrastructure funding, which has been bipartisan.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican mentioned substituting a sales tax for a fuel tax while Minnesota Republican Gov. Mark Dayton touted public-private partnerships.

Delaware’s Democratic Gov. Jack Markell expressed hope that once elections are over lawmakers will attack the highway funding issue.

Vice President Joe Biden in an address to the governors said “corrosive” politics have gridlocked Washington and that it will be up to states to find answers.

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