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Road projects delayed because of federal deficit

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state has postponed $185 million worth of construction projects because of a looming deficit in the federal Highway Trust Fund.

The delayed projects include the widening of Interstate 65 and various highway repaving projects. Beshear blamed Congress for the shortfall and said he hopes they can pass a bill fixing the problem so the projects can begin this fall.

Kentucky receives about $650 million each year from the federal Highway Trust Fund. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appeared at a news conference with Beshear on Wednesday at the Capitol and said unless Congress acts, states can expect cuts of 28 percent on average.

Foxx said Congress could make up the shortfall by taxing overseas profits of American corporations. But Republican lawmakers oppose that idea because it would raise taxes.

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