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TRUST Coalition unveils 2013 legislative goals (PRESS RELEASE)

TRUST Coalition unveils 2013 legislative goals (PRESS RELEASE)

TRUST COALITION UNVEILS 2013 LEGISLATIVE GOALS
Protecting eight-year & bridge/turnpike plans, renovation of weigh stations remain priorities


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, February 6, 2013 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, announced its 2013 legislative agenda today with protection of the state’s eight-year highway and bridge construction plan, support of the bridge improvement and turnpike modernization plan and construction of Oklahoma’s new weigh stations once again its top priorities.

Unlike the past several years, the state is not expected to enter the next fiscal (FY-2014) year with a budget deficit, however TRUST leaders emphasized the importance of continuing to advance transportation funding as a key priority of state government, particularly by protecting funding for the eight-year highway and bridge construction plan currently underway by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), and support of the bridge and turnpike modernization plan announced in 2011 and approved by lawmakers in 2012.

“Over the past seven years, the legislature has turned the tide with regards to recognizing the importance of Oklahoma having a first-class, modern transportation infrastructure system,” said TRUST president Neal McCaleb, former state transportation secretary and director of ODOT and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. “Transportation infrastructure should always be a priority of state government and I am proud of the role TRUST has played, particularly over the past two sessions, in working side-by-side with legislators and Governor Fallin to make genuine progress in highway and bridge construction and renovation. The governor deserves a tremendous amount of credit for her vision and support.”

TRUST co-chairman and former Governor Frank Keating said, “Even though Oklahoma’s economic outlook looks better than it did one year ago, it is still crucial legislators continue to recognize the economic importance of a modern transportation infrastructure system. We have made tremendous progress since TRUST’s inception in 2006 and I am very proud of that. I am confident the Oklahoma legislature will continue to support transportation as a top priority in 2013.”

“Before the 2012 legislative session began, I spoke of an extremely important priority to TRUST and that is completion of Oklahoma’s nine new port-of-entries, or weigh stations,” said Kell Kelly, TRUST co-chairman and chief executive officer of Spirit Bank. “Over the past year, great progress has been made and we commend the legislature and Governor Fallin for this commitment. In order to protect our highways, roads and bridges from overweight freight traveling through the state, we must complete these modern port-of-entries. Oklahoma remains one of the least regulated, yet one of the most heavily traveled states in the country due to the I-35, I-40 and I-44 corridors. When it comes to allowing overweight freight on our state highway system we often lead the nation in this dubious honor. This must change so our port-of-entries can return major economic dividends for Oklahoma while protecting our highways, roads and bridges.”

The TRUST agenda also includes redirecting all motor vehicle generated fees to state, county and municipal transportation needs, an innovative, equitable and alternative transportation funding plan, long-term reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs and support of the Indian Reservation Roads Program.

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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 www.restoreTRUST.org
Contact: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net



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1. Bruna wrote:
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Mon, July 1, 2013 @ 6:23 AM

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