Paying for Paving

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By Ike Brannon

Everyone involved in the Kabuki theater surrounding the nine-month extension of revenue for the highway trust fund has so far played their parts perfectly.

The secretary of transportation told the media that he would be forced to reduce funding to the states if Congress failed to replenish the fund before recess, even going so far as to put a countdown clock on the DOT website showing the time remaining until highway construction runs short of money. Various governors loudly objected to the prospect of having to pause highway construction in the middle of the summer. The president feigned leadership by demanding Congress pass a bill.