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TRUST President comments on budget agreement (PRESS RELEASE)

TRUST President comments on budget agreement (PRESS RELEASE)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, May 20, 2015 – The president of Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure, issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the FY-2016 budget agreement announced Tuesday by Governor Fallin and legislative leaders:

Neal McCaleb commented, “TRUST was founded on the principle of appropriating all transportation-generated revenues, such as motor vehicle fees, gasoline and diesel taxes strictly for transportation purposes. Oklahoma has made remarkable progress since the legislature established transportation funding as a priority in 2006. Structurally-deficient bridges on the state and county systems have been reduced dramatically, and plans are in place for statewide highway resurfacing and shoulder repair projects which are sorely needed to improve the safety of the motoring public.”

 “The members of TRUST recognize this was a difficult budget year, but caution state leaders that diverting motor vehicle fees, gasoline and diesel taxes is a dangerous precedence and will ultimately result in continued dilapidation of Oklahoma’s infrastructure. There is a backlog of critical transportation improvement projects on the state and county highway systems still needing to be addressed. Providing a modern, safe and efficient transportation infrastructure system is paramount to the continued advancement of Oklahoma’s economy and driver safety, and TRUST is very appreciative of the legislature and executive branches for their continued support.”

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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 2006 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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