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for ARTBA's TMAW Program;
Needed Now More Than Ever
By Pete Ruane
President & CEO, American Road and
Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
veryone needs a vacation once in a
while. The beach, the golf course,
the hunting lodge - we all have our
favorite destinations. Ideally, it's an opportunity to get away from work, "unplug"
and recharge for at least a few days.
Everyone needs a vacation... except
ARTBA's "Transportation Makes America
Work!" (TMAW) program. No one would
blame TMAW for taking some time off,
given its integral role in helping pass the
Fixing America's Surface Transportation
(FAST) Act, the five-year federal highway/
transit law last December. Because of support from many of ARTBA's members and
chapters, we used our TMAW program
to spearhead advocacy efforts like coalitions, advertising, research, media events,
grassroots tools and websites.
But that was then (2015) and this is now.
ARTBA and the TMAW program remain
just as engaged as during the pre-FAST
Act days, which is why we really need
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your help in the weeks and months ahead.
TMAW is the engine that drives ARTBA's
legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy
machines. By contributing, you can help
us resolve some unfinished business from
recent years, as well as take on some new
challenges on your behalf.
In the FAST Act, Congress failed to
include a permanent revenue solution for
the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Since federal fuel tax increases in recent history
have sprung from non-transportation legislation, ARTBA is pursuing every possible
opportunity to address this deficiency in a
comprehensive tax bill or similar measure.
We believe a HTF fix should happen long
before the bill expires.
Congress is debating the reauthorization
of the federal aviation programs as this
issue of the magazine goes to press. We
are pushing for an increase to the Airport
Improvement Program (AIP), an important
market-driver for many ARTBA members, and a boost to the Passenger Facility
Charge (PFC), which would generate more
local revenue for airport projects.
ARTBA continues to fight for the
industry in the federal courts. We have
joined broad-based coalitions to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's attempt to extend its jurisdiction
to every ditch, pond and stream in the
nation, and the Occupational Safety &
Health Administration's flawed new silica
rule, which will divert safety resources
away from more urgent hazards in highway work zones. ARTBA has also filed
an amicus brief supporting Dunnet Bay
Construction's appeal to the U.S. Supreme
Court, after lower courts ruled that contractors have no right to challenge state
DOT interpretations of federal rules.
These three cases are just part of a federal regulatory "tsunami" that ARTBA is
now battling on a weekly basis. We are
aggressively protecting the industry from
new compliance burdens and costs relating to Buy America, local hire mandates,
the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
(DBE) program, the Cargo Preference
Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission's "EEO-1" form and more.
ARTBA's TMAW program is critical to all
of these advocacy activities. TMAW gives
us the resources to runs ads, lead a coalition, initiate research, call the grassroots
army to action, hire skilled legal counsel, run the Transportation Investment
Advocacy Center, and virtually anything
else we need to do to fight these battles.
And again, TMAW is 100 percent funded
by ARTBA's members and chapters - over
and above their dues investment. Please
do your part and financially support the
program this year!
We addressed all these topics and more
in depthly at the recent ARTBA Federal
Issues Program and Transportation
Construction Coalition Fly-in, May 9-11 in
D.C. We heard from and met with leading
members of Congress, your own delegation and key federal officials over those
three days. Always remember ARTBA
and our TMAW program will be working
full time - as always - to help grow and
protect your market!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Alabama Road Builder - Summer 2016
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
HOW BUSINESSES CAN PREPARE FOR THE NEW OVERTIME RULE
SPRING FLING 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
ENGAGING OUR NEXT GENERATION OF INDUSTRY LEADERS
4 STEPS TO CHANGING YOUR BUSINESS STRUCTURE
5 WAYS TO BUILD TRUST IN A BUSINESS
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The Alabama Road Builder - Summer 2016