This year’s $20.7 billion budget largely neglected core infrastructure needs, choosing instead to expand state funding on many programs that will benefit special interests. This neglect is no more obvious than in the area of transportation. While a number of transportation bills were offered during the 2007 legislative session, most were overlooked or shelved for subsequent sessions. Only one relatively important piece of transportation legislation passed; although other bills remain in play for 2008. The FY2007-09 budget also contained two key policy changes: 1) a phase-out of annual transfers from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund; and 2) a cap on the motor fuels tax. Because the 2007 session was marked by so little activity in the area of transportation, members of the General Assembly are currently considering a special session on transportation.
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