State, Federal Officials Want Stable Transportation Funding

State officials in Pierre and federal lawmakers in Washington are scrambling to figure out how to shore up funding for roads and bridges.
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist on Wednesday spoke before a U.S. Senate panel during a hearing on the need for long-term federal transportation financing. Without a fix or a long-term solution, the Highway Trust Fund will become insolvent at the end of May.
South Dakota officials are also pushing to update state and local funding for transportation infrastructure.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has put forward a proposal that raises roughly $50 million in new road and bridge funding.
State Sen. Mike Vehle has a proposal he’s sponsoring from a task force that met before session that would raise more than $100 million in its first year.