LaHood wants to meet with all state transportation chiefs


As former Congressman Ray LaHood begins his work as U.S. Transportation Secretary, he plans to meet soon with all 50 state transportation chiefs to discuss stimulus legislation moving through Congress.

LaHood told the Associated Press Friday that he wants to convey the message that the bill will have no earmarks. He says transparency in the process tops his agenda. A meeting date hasn't been set, but LaHood says it will be within a few weeks.

LaHood says it's too soon to say which projects will be funded, but the plan is to get money to states for roads and mass transit as soon as a bill is signed and states submit paperwork. He says other priorities include replacing the nation's outdated radar-based air traffic system.

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