The Highway Materials Group* (HMG) issued a formal statement welcoming President Trump’s proposal to invest $1.5 trillion in America’s infrastructure. The group views the plan as a strong starting point in on-going discussions for much needed investment, but noted details were still too few.

“The plan needs a reliable pay-for that provides certainty for projects and shores up the Highway TrustFund,” said Jerry Voigt, President and CEO of the American Concrete Pavement Association. “HMG supports a variety of options such as fuel tax increases, vehicle miles traveled and highway freight fees, to name a few. All options should be on the table. We need infrastructure investment now.”

While the group isn’t opposed to privatization playing a role in investment, the group noted that it shouldn’t be the entire story and supports Congress pulling from many competing proposals to return to the certainty once brought from routine authorizations and appropriations bills. 

HMG encourages Congress to quickly pass bipartisan legislation that shores up the HTF and improves our country’s communities, commutes and economy.

Click here to see the full statement and here to visit the HMG website.

The Highway Materials Group is comprised of the American Coal Ash Association, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association, and the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute.