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STEP UP OKLAHOMA PROPOSAL DRAWS SUPPORT FROM TRANSPORTATION COALITION (PRESS RELEASE)

STEP UP OKLAHOMA PROPOSAL DRAWS SUPPORT FROM TRANSPORTATION COALITION (PRESS RELEASE)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, February 1, 2018 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure, has endorsed the recently unveiled Step Up Oklahoma initiative, particularly a six-cents per gallon gasoline and diesel excise tax increase.

“The membership of TRUST supports a modest six-cents per gallon gasoline and diesel excise tax increase, but only if 100% of the revenues generated from the increase are ‘locked boxed’ and dedicated to continued rehabilitation and modernization of Oklahoma highways and bridges, and not diverted to non-transportation areas of state government,” said Neal McCaleb, TRUST president. “Oklahoma’s current motor fuel taxation rate is the second lowest in the United States and has not increased since 1987. Since 2006, the Legislature, with support from the executive branch, has largely restored transportation funding as a core priority of state government, however much work remains to be accomplished. Dedicating 100% of the excise tax revenues to transportation projects through a reasonable revenue increase is responsible public policy, and one that will generate long-lasting economic and public safety benefits to Oklahoma taxpayers.”

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Contacts: Neal McCaleb, TRUST president, 405.740.3533
John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117

TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a core priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more please visit restoreTRUST.org.

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