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TRUST Members Deliver Message to State Lawmakers: Thank you; Preserve Road Funding

TRUST Members Deliver Message to State Lawmakers: Thank you; Preserve Road Funding

OKLAHOMA CITY - (April 7)  Today at the State Capitol, Oklahoma lawmakers met with more than 70 transportation advocates who thanked them for the three years of historic investments in roads and bridges and urged them to continue that trend.

The TRUST Road and Bride Coalition hosted the 4th annual Transportation Day at the Capitol where participants heard from State Treasurer Scott Meacham on the current state of Oklahoma's fiscal health.  Speaker of the House Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, also both delivered strong messages of support indicating they did not support reducing transportation funding.

In between speaking sessions, TRUST members met individually with lawmakers across the state to deliver three key points of advocacy:

  1. Thank you for three years of increased investment in roads and bridges, including last year's passage of HB 2272 under the support of the 2008 TRUST "Fix Our Roads" campaign.
  2. The Federal Stimulus is not a windfall for state roads and bridges.  While it will expedite dozens of planned transportation projects across the state, Oklahoma's share of Federal dollars is expected to be $480 million less over the life of the next eight-year construction work plan.
  3. Preserve state funding increases provided for in HB 2272 which includes; a $300 million bond in two phases, $30 million increase annually until $370 million cap on ROADS fund is reached, increase of state cap on road spending from $270 million to $370 million, and removal of a 3% growth trigger that governed increases to the ROADS fund.

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