In early May, the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA)* presented a formal briefing in the Senate EPW Hearing Room on the “State of the Industry and Infrastructure: Priorities for the 115th Congress.”
The purpose of the event was to apprise Senators and staffers of the critical needs of the nation’s infrastructure, an important step in laying the groundwork for the President’s $1 Trillion infrastructure investment plan. In addition to participating in the briefing itself, ACPA helped craft the agenda, provided a briefing document, and partook in a social media campaign aimed at reinforcing key messages developed by NACA partners.
After the event, ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, was quoted, by Bloomberg/BNA’s “Beyond the Hill Blog.” One of the key points of the Senate briefing and the article was the need to find a sustainable funding source for the Highway Trust Fund, which relies on a federal fuel tax among other excise taxes.
The tax has not been raised since 1993, though President Donald Trump this May suggested he was open to the idea. “No one wants to raise taxes,” Wathne said. “(but) It is intellectually dishonest to suggest that it’s not going to cost money.”
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