WASHINGTON — A coalition of state departments of transportation have banded together to urge the House Republican leadership to avoid including any language in a transportation bill that would remove “important optional financing tools” for some public-private partnerships.

Nine state DOT leaders signed their names to a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, asking him not to allow any House multi-year transportation bill to contain the provision that was added to the two-year, $109 billion Senate bill by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

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