But some rural residents don't welcome that solution, especially because they doubt that higher taxes will benefit roads in their areas, the Journal reports. "Blake Hurst, a Missouri farmer who heads an agriculture trade group, is looking to see how many rural projects are proposed before he decides whether to support a tax increase. Ever-larger equipment like his combines leave little space for passing traffic." He told the Journal, "We're interested in maintaining that ability to get our stuff to market."
"In the absence of congressional action, the balance in the fund's highway account will fall to $2 billion by Sept. 30 and its mass-transit account to $1 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That would force the Transportation Department to start delaying payments to states as soon as August to keep the balances above zero, as required by law," the Journal reports. "Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sounded another alarm Tuesday," saying, "We find ourselves this summer with a highway trust fund that will become insolvent by August—700,000 jobs around our country potentially at risk." (Read more)