FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mar. 15, 2016
Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston or Dana Beyerle (334) 834-6000
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (March 15, 2016) – The Business Council of Alabama’s leadership today praised the introduction of legislation designed to generate additional revenue for Alabama roads and bridges.
Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, introduced the legislation, HB 394. It follows the Senate’s approval of SB 180 by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, which ensures that revenue generated by McCutcheon’s bill will be spent on roads and bridges.
“As hard-working Alabamians, we think carefully about how we spend money, and take pride in our investments,” said BCA Chairman Tommy Lee, CEO of Vulcan Inc., in Foley. “The time has come to demonstrate that same level of pride in our roads and bridges.
“The Alabama business community commends Rep. Mac McCutcheon for recognizing that our crumbling infrastructure is unacceptable and for finding a path forward that is both responsible and shifts our dependence on transportation funding away from the federal government,” Lee said.
Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary said Alabama cannot ignore the fact that economic development and infrastructure are one and the same.
“From our highways and bridges to our ports and waterways as well as our rail and intermodal facilities, these networks are Alabama’s arteries for commerce,” Canary said. “Their repair and maintenance carry a price tag that we currently cannot afford. The bill introduced today by Rep. Mac McCutcheon is a responsible way for Alabama to ensure that we maintain a safe, reliable infrastructure network for the people who live, work and do business in Alabama.”
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.