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ARTBA Spokesman Scorches Boehner

artbaJune 6, 2011 American Road & Transportation Builders Coalition Spokesman Matt Jeanneret recently took House Speaker John Boehner to task for stating that an increase in the federal gas tax is a job killer. “Speaker Boehner wins the ‘Pothole of the Week’ award," Jeanneret said. "His statement blasting a long-time transportation leader in Congress for suggesting it might be time after 18 years to consider a small increase in the federal gas tax to pay for highway and mass transit improvements – saying it would be a ‘job destroyer’ – is hypocritical. The House-passed FY 2012 Ryan budget resolution would cut federal transportation investment next year by 30 percent, including up to a $14 billion cut in aid to the states for highway improvements. That would be a guaranteed job killer in the construction industry that’s already struggling with 17 percent unemployment.
If the Speaker wants to protect jobs – and maybe even create some new ones – he should lead the charge in passing the 20-month-delayed highway and transit bill.”