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It's trickle down economics of the bad kind: gas price goes up, people drive less, pay less gas tax, the feds stiff the states for their share of road project costs.
"If we are not fully reimbursed at the federal level, the state will have to pick up the tab," said state Department of Transportation spokesman Lloyd Brown. It adds up to between $33 million and $54 million a month.
Congress is being asked to cough up $8 billion to cover the drop in the highway fund, the Associated Press reports:
The state is planning to cover the federal share of contract obligations for now, assuming it will be repaid by the federal government in the future, Brown said.
This is while the same forces hurting the federal fund are taking a toll on the state highway fund.