Friday, January 30, 2015

Executive Director Message January 2015

Don’t Delay! The Time for An Increased Investment In Utah’s Transportation Funding Is NOW! Make Your Voice Heard Today!

Dear Friends of UAPA:

It may come as no surprise to many of you, but Utah's transportation agencies have calculated an $11 billion shortfall in transportation funding between now and 2040.

Similarly, in the 18 years since the gas tax was last adjusted, its buying power has declined by 48 percent, even while transportation material costs have increased by as much as 300 percent.

City and county governments are struggling to build and maintain their transportation facilities because their share of the state gas tax covers less than half of their transportation costs.

If we delay now in finding solutions our system will deteriorate, and our funding shortfall will expand. But, if we work together now to craft a comprehensive solution for transportation funding we will see tremendous benefits.

Momentum and collaboration exist to address these issues. Private businesses, cities and counties, trade associations, and others, including UAPA, have come together to form the Utah Transportation Coalition to work toward a comprehensive solution.

If we act in the spirit of wise stewardship for which Utah is known, a healthier and more prosperous future awaits.

By enhancing and preserving our state and local road and transit systems we'll help to keep Utah one of the best places to work and to live. Join with UAPA, the Transportation Coalition, and others to keep Utah moving.

Take action!  Make your voice heard on the importance of increased funding for wise and sound infrastructure by writing the your senator or representative at the Utah State Legislature by clicking on this LINK today! 

                                                                        Best regards,

                                                                        W. Reed Ryan

                                                                        The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association

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