FDOT Official: Federal Budget Accord Critical

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's transportation system could only move forward with its work on its own for about two months if federal lawmakers fail to enact at least a continuation budget by the Oct. 1 deadline, a top Florida Department of Transportation finance official told members of the department's oversight board on Monday.

Marsha Johnson, FDOT finance director, said Florida is in relatively good shape to weather a brief impasse on federal transportation funding . States that rely more heavily on federal funds will have to start mothballing programs in a matter of days.

"We need for (Congress) at a minimum to approve continuation funding," Johnson told members of the Florida Transportation Commission during the first of a two-day workshop.

Other topics on the agenda Tuesday included an overview of turnpike funding and how to finance an adequate transportation system with diminishing federal gas tax revenue and strapped local government funding.

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