Legislative Fix Needed to Move Ahead with Deepening of Savannah Port | WABE 90.1 FM

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Legislative Fix Needed to Move Ahead with Deepening of Savannah Port | WABE 90.1 FM

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Deal was disappointed by President Obama’s proposed allotment to the project this year. But he says the state will move forward no matter what.

“It is possible. Would it be preferable? No. It would be preferable to get more than the $1.28 million that was in the President’s budget this year and we’re going to continue to press on that.”

Without additional federal funds, Deal at the very least wants Congress to raise the project’s original spending cap, which was set in 1999 at about $250 million. Since then, projected costs have nearly tripled. A legislative fix is necessary in order to move ahead with construction.

“If they will give us the authorization to move forward using our own resources and not penalize us then I think that would be the signal for us to begin work.”

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