Ryan Proposed Slashing Transportation Funding
- Published: Wednesday, 15 August 2012 17:27
- Written by Mark Kuhar
Ryan’s budget also put the brakes on a five-year transportation bill written by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.). Mica initially wrote his bill to comply with the budget, which was significantly less than needed. After being given the thumbs up by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Mica was able to increase the spending level of his bill and was told that the funding for it would be found. Initial funding proposals by the House Ways and Means Committee were overwhelmingly opposed, which required Mica to roll back his reauthorization proposal.
Ryan holds a 95 percent rating on NSSGA’s congressional vote scorecard for 2011-12. He has indicated in meetings with NSSGA staff that he supports moving to a Vehicle Miles Traveled-based user fee to fund transportation that would be supplemented by revenues derived from oil and gas leases. Ryan’s great-grandfather founded Ryan Incorporated Central, a construction company with offices in Janesville, Wis., Chicago, Ill., and Hagerstown, Md., that is involved in road construction and, at one point, was part of the aggregates industry. Ryan briefly worked for his family’s company before he was elected to Congress in 1998.