Suppose you had a way to strengthen the economy, create and save jobs, contribute mightily to public safety, and save every driver in Indiana hundreds of dollars in wear and tear on their vehicles? Why, you’d jump at the chance.
But then, you aren’t in Congress, which has until the end of the month to come up with a solution to the fact that the highway trust fund is almost out of money.
A few days ago, Mayor Tom Henry stood in front of a school bus that was made to look as if it had been crushed by a bridge collapse. Henry was joining with members of the Laborer’s International Union of North America to emphasize one of the reasons the nation needs to keep roadways and bridges repaired. Passing drivers on West Jefferson Boulevard might have found the mayor and union’s staging a bit distracting, but the message was clear. This is a vital, urgent issue for every community in northeast Indiana.
In Washington, it appears that everybody understands the need to deal with this before Congress adjourns July 31. How the highway fund is replenished, and whether it’s a short-term or long-term solution, remains to be seen.
But surely, on something this basic, the Democratic Senate and administration and the Republican House can come together and get something done without letting petty ideological squabbles get in the way.