A recent government report found that state highway agencies have spent about 2/3 of their stimulus funds on paving improvements and widening. Some lawmakers say that states should be using the federal dollars to pay for larger projects. An official with the Government Accountability Office, which produced the report, noted that few road projects have created long-term jobs. However, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn., says his proposed surface transportation bill would help fund larger, longer-term projects.
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