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executive director's message Sustaining the Momentum By Tom Layfield ARBA Executive Director W 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 The Alabama Roadbuilder * Summer 2016 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." ❏ 7

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
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