Highway materials group stresses long-term trust fund solution
As lawmakers in Washington wrangle over a way to prop up the failing Federal Highway Trust Fund, the national Highway Materials Group this week urged Congress to find a long-term solution to keep the United States competitive in the global economy.
In a letter dated May 13 to Senate and House leaders, the national group of road builders say they are in favor of “any user-based funding options” to keep money rolling into a fund that has floundered for over a decade as gas mileage for cars and trucks improved and less money went into the fund.
The Highway Trust Fund expires May 31. Nearly 1 million jobs will be affected in the highway materials industry and “time is running out for Congress to act,” the Highway Materials Group states.