Transportation Secretary appearing in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is meeting with Connecticut officials to discuss the state’s transportation priorities.

Foxx was scheduled to sit down Thursday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and members of the congressional delegation.

Besides the state’s transportation priorities, the group also planned to discuss the need for Congress to address the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund and pass a long-term reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation program.

Foxx recently warned states they will feel the pain of cutbacks in federal aid as soon as the first week in August if lawmakers don’t act. The balance in the trust fund is dropping and will soon go below $4 billion. That’s the cushion officials say is needed for incoming fuel tax revenue to cover outgoing payments to states.

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