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Federal highway money to Mississippi flattens as needs eyed

JACKSON — As Mississippi leaders study ways to deal with the state’s crumbling highways and bridges, declining federal funds aren’t helping the situation.

The Federal Highway Trust Fund allotted $1.4 billion to Mississippi in 2013. After adjusting for inflation, that’s 3 percent less than in 2008, though it’s 10 percent more than 10 years ago. The money comes from federal fuel taxes, and the share that flows to the state Department of Transportation makes up almost half the current $1.1 billion budget. Other money flows to local road planning groups and transit operators.

Figures compiled by The Associated Press show the total amount of road money available to states from the fund has declined 3.5 percent during the five-year period ending in 2013, the latest year for which numbers were available.

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