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HighwayCongestion200x131July 6, 2011 – The Washington Post published an editorial today outlining in layman's terms the battle over a new infrastructure bill.  "Disagreement over the three options — raise the gas tax, dramatically cut spending or find new revenue sources — has stalled a renewal of the six-year transportation spending bill since it expired in 2009. Since then lawmakers have passed a series of short-term extensions. But planning for roads and mass transit requires long-term funding commitments, and the lack of such provisions has stalled many state and local transportation projects," The editorial read. The editorial makes it clear that the situation is dire and the consequences are huge for the U.S. economy and our global competitiveness. We need more of this kind of support in the national media, because, ahem, the situation is dire and the consequences are huge.