My Way For the Highway (But I’m Open to Better Ideas!)By Christian Klein
Article Date: 04-01-2012
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Get states crackin’ on developing VMT collection methods – because the gas tax won’t cut it moving forward.
It’s early March and the highway reauthorization process is still playing out on the Hill. My prediction: By the end of June, Congress will send the president a bill that extends surface transportation programs for two years at current levels. If that happens, it’ll be good news, but it’ll hardly be a major victory. Given that one of those "two years" is 2012 and that we’re talking about fiscal years, not calendar years, it won’t be a multiyear bill; it’ll be more like a 15-month extension. That means we’ll be back to Square 1 and the reauthorization process will start over almost immediately.
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