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Shumlin says transportation funds critical

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging leaders in Congress to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund so that Vermont can move forward with road and bridge projects that he says are critical to job growth, public safety and the health of the state.

Shumlin sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday saying a projected shortfall in the fund could threaten the state's progress in recovering from the Great Recession.

The state relies on the highway trust fund to match state dollars for transportation projects.

Shumlin says Vermont and other states are about to let contracts go out for work that need be done but they don't yet know if they'll have federal money to pay for them.

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