A plan supported by the White House that would extend the current federal law that authorizes transportation funding could lead to sharp decline in states' ability to pay for transportation projects, industry observers say. In Pennsylvania, for example, the state is expected to spend $2.8 billion this year on transportation projects, noted Allen Biehler, Pennsylvania transportation secretary.
An extension of the current law would force the state to curtail spending to about $1.4 billion. Some construction groups and lawmakers support boosting taxes to pay for transportation projects.

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