Conti said Thursday that a federal plan to give the state $900 million for highways would barely cover losses in gas tax and car sales tax.
Hackney said Conti doesn't understand what the stimulus is for.
"I thought Secretary Conti's quoted comments...were inappropriate comments," Hackney said. "This money is not intended to solve our highway problems. It's intended to create jobs. It's very beneficial, even if it doesn't meet all his needs."