The latest extension of the federal Highway Bill expires
Thursday, June 30, but members of the House and Senate conference committee are
still negotiating several key issues.
Two of the big issues – how much of the bill’s funding is
covered by state equity calculations and the division of earmarked funds for
highway projects between the House and the Senate – have yet to be unresolved.
Another unresolved difference between the House and Senate
versions is whether to include a mandatory fuel surcharge for truckload
freight. The House included the provision in its version of the bill but the
Senate did not.
If a resolution on the entire bill isn’t reached by
Thursday, the bill could be extended for an eighth time. The first extension
came in September 2003 when the funding cycle of the existing highway bill