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Region would gain under House highway funding proposal

Maryland, Virginia and the District would receive a significant bump in federal highway funding under a five-year transportation spending plan being debated by the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

When the proposal to spend about $260 billion is broken down under a federal formula used to calculate how much highway each state receives, Maryland comes out almost 34 percent ahead of current funding levels. The District receives 33 percent more and Virginia comes out 13 percent ahead. The statistics were distributed by staff members as the committee considered more than 90 amendments to a bill that was made public on Tuesday.

The formula took into account funding for fiscal 2012, a complicated mix of money already allocated under a six-month extension and funding that would come into play when that extension expires on March 31.

In total, over five years, the House bill would provide highway funding of $802 million for the District, $3.3 billion for Maryland and $4.9 billion for Virginia. Only Kansas, with a 37 percent bump, received a higher percentage of increase than the District and Maryland. Five states — Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin and West Virginia — received no increase.

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.

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