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ARTBA No Summer Vacati n for ARTBA's TMAW Program; Needed Now More Than Ever By Pete Ruane President & CEO, American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) E 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 The Alabama Roadbuilder * Summer 2016 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! ❏ 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Alabama Road Builder - Summer 2016

INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
PRESIDENT’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
ARTBA
MEMBER PROFILE
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MARKETPLACE
HEARD ALONG THE HIGHWAY

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