Lawmakers Fight Federal Transportation Cuts
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Representative Chris Murphy say Connecticut will be hurt by proposed cuts in federal transportation funding now being considered by Congress.
The two Democratic lawmakers have scheduled a news conference on today at commuter parking lot off Interstate 84 in Waterbury.
Blumenthal and Murphy say the Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has proposed a six-year transportation bill that would cut 35 percent of the current federal funding Connecticut receives for roads and bridges. They say that will cost the state an estimated $167 million a year and the loss of 5,817 jobs.
State legislators, the president of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association and a chief engineer with the state transportation department are also expected to be on hand for the event.