News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Meaden & Moore

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


As highway trust fund runs out, Ohio's Sen. Brown stumps for an extension
But Portman may be leaning toward a state opt-out provision
Story by NICK CASTELE


 
Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been pushing an extension of the trust fund for months.
Courtesy of NICK CASTELE
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The federal government is running low on cash to fund highway and bridge projects this year, and lawmakers in Washington have put together a set of competing fixes to the problem. For Ohio Public Radio, Nick Castele reports U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is pushing a bill that keeps money flowing to projects for years to come.

LISTEN: Competing highway funding plans

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:10)


Many road projects get money from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which uses cash gleaned from a nationwide gas tax. But that tax doesn’t raise enough funds anymore to maintain the country’s highways and bridges. It’s expected to run out not long after the end of August.

In the Senate, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy want to raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon. They say that’ll keep the trust fund in good shape for 10 years. They want to pair that with extending tax breaks.

Senator Brown says he wants a plan that keeps road maintenance funded for at least 6 years.

“Gas tax is one of the ways, looking at other kinds of highway funding issues, and beginning to close these loopholes that oil companies enjoy” -- ending tax loopholes he says big businesses take advantage of.

Republicans have their own ideas. In the House, there’s a proposal to end Saturday postal delivery and use the savings to fund projects. The site Roll Call reports some conservatives support reducing the gas tax over time, and letting states decide if they want to raise their own.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman is leaning against raising the gas tax, and would rather give states the option to leave the federal program, but keep their federal tax money.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

New law gives access to birth records to Ohio adoptees
Can siblings also look for their missing brother or sister? And how do we go about it?

Ida McKinley's tiara comes home, with the help of "Pawn Stars"
I donated to the fund to keep the tiara at the museum where I believe it belongs. I took my 16 year old granddaughter to the showing I dont think it will be som...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University