The Kentucky Chamber and nearly 40 other state chambers are calling on Congress to make the long-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund a top priority, and to reauthorize the surface transportation bill.
In a letter sent to Congress on Feb. 26, the chambers wrote:
“As a national business community, we urge you to make transportation infrastructure investment a top priority in the next Congress. We are grateful for your leadership in passing the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) into law in 2012 after several years of short-term transportation funding authorizations. MAP-21 has led to the implementation of long overdue reforms, but its brief authorization ended just a short time ago. We urge you to avoid a succession of short-term patches and pass MAP-21’s successor as soon as possible.”
The full letter can be viewed here.
On the state level, the Kentucky Chamber has also called on state lawmakers to stabilize the road fund here. Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson testified in early February, expressing the business community’s concern over the pending decline in gas tax revenue. Read more about it on the Chamber’s blog.