West Virginia State Leaders Decry GOP Plan to Cut Infrastructure Spending

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cutting federal funds spent to maintain West Virginia transportation infrastructure -- including highways, bridges and railroads -- could be disastrous, state and federal officials say.

Leaders including Rep. Nick Rahall, state Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, and the head of a state contractors association say a Republican plan to reduce the funding would cost construction jobs and threaten West Virginia's infrastructure.

Rahall, ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that under current Republican-backed budget proposals, "more than 877,000 high-skilled, good-paying jobs could be possibly eliminated over the next 10 years."

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