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Legislators Urge Federal Government to Keep Road Funding Promise

Legislators Urge Federal Government to Keep Road Funding Promise

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Contact: State Rep. T.W. Shannon
Capitol: (405) 557-7374

Contact: State Rep. Guy Liebmann
Capitol: (405) 557-7357

Contact: State Sen. Cliff Branan
Capitol: (405) 521-5543

Contact: State Sen. Brian Bingman
Capitol: (405) 521-5528

OKLAHOMA CITY (October 29, 2009) – State lawmakers today called on the federal government to provide road funding dollars promised to Oklahoma.

"One of the best things we can do for our state economy is to improve our road system, but many projects will be derailed if the federal government fails to keep its promise," said state Rep. T.W. Shannon, R- Lawton. "The state has provided record road funding in recent years; the federal government should not roll back that progress through arbitrary funding changes."

"We have to do all we can to maintain funding levels for state roads and bridges," said state Sen. Cliff Branan, an Oklahoma City Republican who chairs the Senate transportation committee. "This is an economic development issue, and the momentum we have now must continue."

At this week’s meeting of the ROADS Task Force, lawmakers were told Oklahoma could face cuts in federal road funding due to technicalities.

"It’s time to cut the red tape and allow the states to move ahead with road projects without jumping through hoops," said state Rep. Guy Liebmann, an Oklahoma City Republican who chairs the House appropriations and budget subcommittee on general government and transportation. "The federal government needs to stop playing games with the states and keep its promises. The citizens of Oklahoma are doing their part to maintain our highways. The federal government should do the same."

After decades of neglect, Republican leadership in both the House and Senate has pushed for a significant increase in infrastructure investment to make Oklahoma roads and bridges safer.

Since 2004, the Legislature has made major new investments in roads and bridges, doubling Oklahoma’s transportation budget without raising taxes.

Last year, legislators also approved a $300 million bond package for road-and-bridge construction and repair.

By 2016, the state’s ROADS Fund is scheduled to receive a total of $2.3 billion in appropriations and, beginning in 2017, the fund will receive an additional $100 million annually or $1 billion every 10 years.

"We have made tremendous progress over the last four years with the increased investments the Legislature has provided to roads and bridges," said state Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa. "To move backward in those commitments would be a giant step in the wrong direction."

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