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Congressman Lamb offers federal take on transportation issues

May 28, 2021

This week, the popular Associated Pennsylvania Constructors Speaker Series welcomed U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-17) to share his perspective on various transportation issues – primarily on funding.

Lamb, one of several PA members of Congress on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, explained the genesis of a bill he is sponsoring that would send federal money directly to state departments of transportation to keep projects going that have been stalled by falling gas-tax revenue. Pennsylvania would receive $720 million.

Other points he made include:

  • The consensus for a Vehicle Miles Traveled fee to replace consumption taxes on liquid fuels seems to be growing, but it will still be a few years away and will probably require pilot projects to work out methods for tracking miles and collecting revenue.
  • “Infrastructure” – as defined by the Problem-Solvers Caucus (of which he is a member) – consists of traditional components such as bridges, highways and water systems, along with the electrical grid and high-speed internet.
  • Paying for infrastructure will probably consist of multiple measures, such as increasing the corporate tax rate, improving tax enforcement and giving the IRS additional resources.

Asked what could be done to help move infrastructure initiatives forward, he suggested that members of the construction industry contact their congressional representatives and urge support for infrastructure improvements.

“It’s time to go big on this thing,” he said.

To view his 30-minute discussion on transportation issues, follow this link.

 

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