In a series of post-election opinion pieces in the hometown newspapers of key Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee, ARTBA Chairman Nick Ivanoff, president and CEO of Ammann & Whitney, has been urging Congress to “make good on their campaign promises by tackling some of the real problems facing our country.”
The op-ed placements, in some cases jointly bylined by ARTBA’s state contractor chapter CEO, are the latest effort through ARTBA’s “Transportation Makes America Work” program to keep pressure on lawmakers to address the latest Highway Trust Fund crisis.
“At the top of the list of policy issues that present the greatest opportunity for bipartisan cooperation: addressing America’s transportation infrastructure challenges,” Ivanoff says.
The op-eds explain what the federal highway program means to each state’s capital investment program, and are customized with local data about jobs and road conditions.
Ivanoff then calls on the Senator(s) by name to “be part of the solution by helping reach a bipartisan agreement that provides a sustainable solution for the Highway Trust Fund.”
Over a two-week period, the pieces have appeared in the Detroit Free Press (Sen. Stabenow-D), Utah’s Deseret News, (Sen. Hatch-R), New Jersey Star-Ledger (Sen. Menendez-D), Harrisburg’s Patriot-News (Sens. Toomey-R and Casey-D), Albany’s Times-Union (Sen. Schumer-D), South Dakota’s Rapid City Journal (Sen. Thune-R), and Des Moines Register (Sen. Grassley-R).