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president's message Be Involved, Make Contacts By Pam Norrell Kearley ARBA President W e are members of an awesome association and I want to thank all of you who worked so diligently to contact your Legislators and to spread the word about the need for increased funding for roads and bridges. The Alabama Road Builders Association appreciates all of your hard work and we are sincerely grateful for your time and contributions to try and get a bill passed that would increase the funding for roads and bridges. Due to your efforts, there is no doubt that the representatives in the State Legislature totally understand the need for the increased funding. Also, the coalition you helped create is a big step forward for the future. It is unfortunate that in the regular session, once again, a bill has failed to pass that would have increased the user fee for our roads and bridges. However, it is simply a set back and not the end of the trail. We may be down, but we are not out and plans are to continue to communicate our need for increased funding until the time comes when we are successful! I am sure I echo everyone's thoughts when I say we know every public service we use has a fee and that the fee must The Alabama Roadbuilder * Summer 2016 So before we bring this back up let us be sure that all details and costs are made public and then spread the word that the citizens of this great state hold the power to change our infrastructure from one that is dangerously, in some places, below acceptable and into one that is as good as it should be. increase as the costs increase in order to keep up the service we are using. So why can't that be understood when it comes to the increasing costs to maintain our infrastructure? Somehow there seems to be a concept out there that no repair or replacement is required and our infrastructure will last forever with little, if any, care. Logical thinking tells us this cannot be true and we must do the work that is necessary for our infrastructure to continue to do the job of getting us quickly and safely around and through our state. In order to accomplish this we must have the necessary funding and it must be increased to keep up with current prices. I believe we deserve a very clear understanding of what such an increase would cost each of us. For instance, reportedly, the bill that failed would have cost most individuals, on average, about $5 per week and less than $300 annually. I think getting this type of information to the people and their representatives will go a long way. Then how could anyone not want better and safer roads and bridges for such a minimal contribution? If this bill comes back up in a special session, or in the next regular session, it may need a public show of support by the citizens of this state to relay the message that they want their roads and bridges brought up to acceptable standards. They may have to show in public gatherings that enough is enough and substandard roads and bridges are just not acceptable. If they do not make a statement, getting increased funding for better and safer roads and bridges may never happen. I look back in history when men and women had to march in the streets to make their voices heard about issues that needed to be addressed. I think now that time may have come again. So before we bring this back up let us be sure that all details and costs are made public and then spread the word that the citizens of this great state hold the power to change our infrastructure from one that is dangerously, in some places, below acceptable and into one that is as good as it should be. The citizens of our state deserve a safer and better infrastructure and we are anxious to supply it. I know ARBA won't give up because our members are committed and constantly planning to succeed, the only question is when we will! ❏ 9

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
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ARTBA
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