Highway funding will be a big issue in the coming year
As legislators wrapped up work on the 2012 session, they acknowledged a number of projects they need to work on in time for next year.
One is finding a way to replace declining federal funding for roads. The legislature has created a committee that will look at how to properly address the issue.
Senate President Jim Anderson says they have thrown money at the issue for years, but they need a long term solution.
“A careful study along with the DOT and others in regard in the cost of doing something or the cost of doing nothing. And look at all those different cost scenarios and then cast those alongside revenue projections. That might very well include some kind of tax, fuel tax.”
Anderson says it’s a big problem that needs to be addressed without waiting.