AZAGC Encourages Bipartisan Cooperation for Trump Transportation Plan

February 12, 2018

Today, the Trump Administration released its much anticipated Infrastructure plan.  The Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America applauds President Trump’s leadership on this extremely important issue facing the economy.  ”Our members encourage Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the funding crisis our country faces in its crumbling infrastructure,” said David Martin, president of the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.  The components of the plan can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

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The plan will rely heavily on a local match component which Arizona and its localities will struggle to raise.  Arizona has more than a $60 billion funding shortfall.  The Arizona Legislature can provide some relief in this dilemma by passing two bills immediately.

Senate bill 1147 County Excise Tax for Transportation will authorize counties, except Maricopa, to raise an additional ½ cent for transportation projects.  It will also allow Maricopa County to extend its existing tax known as Proposition 400.

The other bill is HB2166 Vehicle Fees; Alternative Fuel VLT which will give the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) director authority to fund a Highway Safety fee to cover expenses of the Arizona Highway Patrol.  This will eliminate the need to use the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) for that purpose which in turn will send more money to counties and cities.

”While these two bills are not the final solution to tackling Arizona’s large transportation funding shortfall, they do help cities and counties to begin building revenue to acquire the federal match.” Martin said.

 

The Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America is Arizona’s oldest not-for-profit association of general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

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