- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage is urging congressional action to prevent a looming shortfall in federal highway dollars.

In a letter, LePage criticizes Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud, who’s on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for failing to work with President Barack Obama’s administration to find a solution.

Michaud, who’s challenging LePage for governor, said in a statement that he’s been working on the issue for months and co-sponsored a bill to fix the problem but it was blocked by Republicans.

LePage warns that Maine faces a roughly 70 percent cut in highway reimbursements.

The Highway Trust Fund, how states pay for most major construction projects, could soon become insolvent unless Congress acts.

House and Senate committees advanced two proposals Thursday aimed at ensuring the funding keeps flowing to states.

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