Massie calls for increase in federal transportation funding

01/21/2014 05:02 PM

ALEXANDRIA – 4th District Congressman Thomas Massie would like to see more federal money budgeted for the country’s highways and bridges which would be used to fund projects like a new Brent Spence Bridge between Cincinnati and Covington.

Massie, who’s uncommitted on whether he favors tolls or not, says that less than 2 percent of the federal budget goes to fund the nations highways and bridges and that needs to change.

“I’m going to advocate for more spending on our nation’s transportation infrastructure, not less,” said Massie.

Massie, spoke to approximately 30 constituents who braved icy roads to meet with him at a bakery in Alexandria.

While Democrats in the state House and at the federal level are gearing up their pitch to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per-hour to $10.10 an hour — Massie says that’s a campaign strategy to deflect attention away from the Affordable Care Act.

He called the move from Democrats push on the minimum wage to switching plays to “the first page of their playbook — which is class warfare.”

And he said that increasing the minimum-wage would cause unemployment rates to rise.

With the January 28 filing deadline approaching and no other candidates filed to run so far — the prospect of Massie running unopposed in his 2014 reelection bid is increasing.

However, Massie said the reason for that could be two-fold.

“It either means you’re doing something right or Washington is so screwed up and nobody wants the job,” said Massie.

Congress is in recess this week and Massie is spending the time meeting, talking and listening to constituents in the counties that he represents.


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