As federal roads bill moves, governors aren't waiting to act

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some governors aren't waiting to move to fix and build roads, bridges and highways.

And it's not just Democrats who are planning to borrow money or raise taxes for roads.

This year, GOP governors in Georgia, Iowa and South Dakota approved road tax increases.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal approved a package in Georgia this year to raise $900 million from gas and hotel taxes to maintain roads and bridges.

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory wants a referendum to borrow up to $2.8 billion, regardless of federal action.

The federal transportation bill would authorize programs for six years, but provides only enough to pay for programs for three years.