Laramie, Wy – Congress is getting ready to approve a federal highway bill and send it to the President. The House's plan would mean about 275 billion dollars in spending over six years; the Senate's bill includes 318 billion dollars.
The director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Sleeter Dover, says either way the state would see an increase of about 20 thousand jobs over six years, though that is contingent on finding enough skilled people to fill those jobs.
President Bush has said he does not want to sign a bill with a price tag the size of the ones the House and Senate are considering.
He would like a plan costing 256 billion dollars over six years. Director Dover says that would not mean any new jobs in Wyoming, but it would mean about 7 million dollars extra every year.