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 TRUST 2017 Legislative Agenda
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 STATE

  • Motor vehicle fees redirected to transportation. A core TRUST principle is all transportation-derived revenues are used strictly for transportation. TRUST supports returning all motor fuel taxes and the remaining allocation of vehicle-related fees to transportation purposes, and encourages the appropriate allocation of motor vehicle fees to state highways, county roads and municipal streets taking into consideration previous vehicle-related fees and general fund allocations. TRUST will continue to support this concept as a matter of sound public policy.

  • Protect ODOT eight-year highway and bridge construction work plan. TRUST’s top priority is ensuring funding remains at a level where no current projects are interrupted, no planned projects cut and no motor fuel taxes and vehicle-related transportation fees diverted from ODOT’s investment strategy which includes the eight-year construction work plan, the Asset Preservation Plan and highway and bridge maintenance.

  • Support the continuation of the full statutory allocation to the ROADS fundTo continue the replacement and rehabilitation of state highways and bridges, TRUST supports the continuation of statutory allocations to a core business function of the state.

  • Protect County Improvements for Roads & Bridges (CIRB) five-year construction work planTo rehabilitate county bridges and roads, TRUST supports the CIRB program and its revolving fund to be used strictly for CIRB transportation projects equaling no interruption of current projects, no elimination of planned projects and no diversion of transportation funds.

  • Infrastructure bond financingDuring uncertain budget times TRUST supports infrastructure bond financing to maintain critical transportation funding and projects, and vehemently opposes the diversion of motor fuel taxes and vehicle-related transportation fees to non-transportation uses of state government. If infrastructure bonds are a part of any budget agreement, state leaders must appropriate debt service for the bond payments, rather than require ODOT to make payments from existing revenues.

  • Protect transportation-dedicated revolving fundsTRUST supports the protection of transportation dedicated revolving funds. The funds are intended to fund transportation infrastructure projects and should not be diverted for other governmental purposes.

  • Renovations of Port of Entries – Weigh Stations. TRUST supports methods to complete the construction of Oklahoma’s new ports of entries to protect highways and bridges from overweight freight. Doing so will result in additional revenues from fines and fees due to increased monitoring of overweight commercial traffic.

  • Innovative funding for transportationTRUST supports innovative and alternative transportation funding that is revenue adequate for the intended purpose and user equitable as part of a comprehensive approach to increase overall transportation funding.


 FEDERAL

  • Support long-term funding of Highway Trust Fund and federal surface transportation programs. TRUST supports the FAST Act, the five-year transportation funding bill recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. Long-term funding provides stability to the Highway Trust Fund, enabling states to more accurately plan future projects while providing regulatory relief.
  • Support Tribal Transportation Program. Each year tribal transportation partnerships across the state contribute close to $60 million to highway and bridge construction. TRUST supports the current apportionment formula of Tribal Transportation Program federal funds and supports expansion of the Tribal Transportation Program and tribal partnerships.