Lawmakers Say No To More State Highway Funding Control

Law360, New York (March 13, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate scuttled legislation Tuesday morning that would give states more control over highway spending, while also taking away their right to federal funds for privatized roads, during its final round of debate over a proposed $109 billion transportation spending bill.

In a 67-30 vote, the Senate floor nixed an amendment offered up by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., which had proposed to return to states more responsibility for the maintenance of highways, along with a greater chunk of the federal gas tax. And it closely...
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