Recently, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce joined 30 other state chambers of commerce in calling on Congress to act on critical transportation infrastructure. Congress currently faces a crossroads as they begin to discuss both the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund and the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill passed in 2012.
The letter has been sent to Senator Barbara Boxer, who is chairman of the Senate Transportation committee, along with other ranking members.
“Improving road safety, funding the remediation and expansion of bridges, expanding freight and logistics infrastructure and providing good public transportation are near-universal values. We encourage our elected officials in Washington to take a thoughtful approach to our federal and state transportation challenges. Ultimately, transportation infrastructure should bring us together, not divide us. It is our hope that the rhetoric in coming months will change to a constructive dialogue about how we can create a transportation system for generations to come,” Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber President said.
The Missouri Chamber has been a lead proponent in finding ways to improve infrastructure funding in Missouri and is supportive of transportation legislation that is working its way through the Missouri Capitol.
The letter can be found on the website of the Council of State Chambers at www.statechamberconnect.org. The principles agreed upon by the coalition of state chambers across the United States urges Congressional action that focuses on financial solvency, marketplace stability through long term authorization, and flexibility for state transportation programs.
For more information about this letter or transportation issues, please call the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry at 573-634-3511.