Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a $1-billion capital investment spending plan to help fund the construction of highways in July, but a number of projects remain at a standstill according to a local official. Don Miller, President of Corridor 67 Inc., says the state hasn’t been able to fund local projects because of failures in Washington D.C. Among the biggest issue, he says, is Congress’ inability to agree on a way to make up for the continued decrease in funding generated through the tax on gasoline sales.
Miller says the impact of this failure reaches beyond the Corridor 67 project.
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Miller says Republicans and Democrats stalemated on a proposed hike to the gas tax a week ago before coming to an agreement on a plan for the next year. He says there won’t be a real solution to this problem until lawmakers are able to put aside their differences and build a long-term plan for financing highway projects in the nation.