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Feb 18, 201411:33 AMTransportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

Lots of agreement, little action on transportation funding

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President Obama continues to exhort Congress to provide more funding for our nation’s roads, bridges, ports, airports, and transit systems. In fact, his recently appointed secretary of transportation, Anthony Foxx, has put a graph on the homepage of his department’s website demonstrating how quickly the fund responsible for highways and transit systems will run out of money if something isn’t done:

“Starting today, we’re going to post on our website exactly how much money the Highway Trust Fund has left, and update that number every month until the fund runs out, or until it can sustain itself,” Foxx said. “This is a number we share with Congress. But the American people need to know it too, because they are the ones who use America’s transportation system — and they are the ones who will travel slower and less safely if it isn’t funded.”

The current reauthorization, referred to as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), is set to expire at the end of September, which is what all of these warnings and … well … agreement are about.

It will be interesting to see how the president and Congress choose to resolve their apparent agreement.

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 Debby Jackson assumed the role of executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin after more than 15 years with the organization. In addition to her vast experience in association management and transportation advocacy, Jackson has a background in business. She leverages the breadth and depth of her professional experience, along with her knowledge of the membership and mission of TDA, to be a strong voice for robust transportation infrastructure in Wisconsin. Jackson started her career as a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, which led to a series of accounting and corporate management positions with a major national retailer.

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