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executive director's message
Sustaining the Momentum
By Tom Layfield
ARBA Executive Director
hile we are all disappointed
that the Alabama Legislature
ignored the pleas from the
Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure it
was past time to address funding, we cannot ignore the ground we gained going
forward and must not concede any of
the momentum. With the demise of the
BP settlement and prison bill, there is a
good chance we could see another special
session to address Medicaid and prison
funding before the start of next fiscal
year on October 1.
"The conditions of our county and state
roads will not improve until we have the
courage to provide additional revenue,"
said Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R-Huntsville)
who sponsored HB 394 in the House that
would have raised state gasoline and diesel taxes by 6 cents per gallon. "The members of this Legislature cannot continue
to do nothing. We have done nothing for
almost 25 years and I did not get elected
to do nothing. This issue is not going
away, and neither am I."
We all owe Rep. McCutcheon and Sen.
Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) a huge debt of
gratitude for the immense effort they
put into working on this issue whether
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driving across the state for the Joint
Transportation Committee meetings or
negotiating with members and lobbyists
throughout the session.
Simply saying thank you is not enough.
Efforts to ready for a potential special
session are already underway among the
inner-circle group of members and lobbyists that worked daily on this initiative.
While it is always easy to second-guess
decisions that were made, it is important
that we analyze our experience and decisions so that we are better positioned
going forward and a more easily develop
a blueprint for success.
For starters, we won the policy debate.
The fact that we had members of the
legislature who appeared on the video
opposing the legislation working on their
own solutions speaks volumes to the fact
everyone agrees we need to invest more
in our transportation infrastructure. It's
just that not everyone agrees on how we
do it. At the end of the day, we have got
to convince the majority that our funding
source is the truest form of a user fee,
provides revenue from out of state motorists and at $5 a month will not overly
burden anyone. More importantly, we
have to find a way to convince many of
them that voting for this tax is essential
to their re-election and will not cost them
in their 2018 campaign.
We have a product ready to sell. SB
180 by Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville)
was signed into law by Gov. Robert
Bentley. This bill created the Alabama
Transportation Safety Fund which
provides for the distribution of future
increases to the gasoline and diesel
user fees along with unprecedented
accountability and transparency of the
expenditure of those funds. With this
infrastructure in place, and an agreed
More importantly, we
have to find a way
to convince many of
them that voting for
this tax is essential to
their re-election and
will not cost them in
their 2018 campaign.
upon .06 cent bill with our partners that
includes the Business Council of Alabama,
ALFA, Alabama Trucking Association,
Alliance members and the Association
of County Commissions, our product is
in place for us to market it to members
of the legislature.
We have a solid idea of the members
that need to hear from our Alliance members. Having gone through the motions
this session, we have a solid count of
house and senate members that were with
us, against us and of those that were waffling back and forth. Be sure that we will
be contacting Alliance members seeking
their help with legislators.
Disappointment is a bitter pill to swallow. Passing a tax in one of the most
conservative legislatures in the country
is liable to provide that pill to most who
come seeking. We have a story to tell.
We produce an invaluable product that
has been neglected for far too long. To be
sure, it is a vocal minority that prevented
its passage and it will be incumbent upon
all of you to ensure our voices drown out
the party of "no."
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
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