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ACPA Signs on To Letter Supporting PFC Reform

ACPA has signed on to a letter to Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-04) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) expressing “strong support” of H.R. 3791, the Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act. Rep. Massie, a member of the of the House T&I Committee, and Rep. Blumenauer, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced the bill in mid-July.

The bill would eliminate the federally imposed cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and provide airports with the ability to locally determine their own PFC rates based on their unique infrastructure needs.

Sent on behalf of the Beyond the Runway Coalition,* the letter states, “Congress last adjusted the PFC cap to $4.50 in 2000, but with inflation and rising construction costs , the purchasing power of the PFC has significantly eroded to barely $2.25. As a result, many airports have reached their debt capacity and either cannot finance new projects or have had to stretch their projects over a longer time frame, increasing the costs and delaying the benefits for passengers.”

The letter adds that eliminating the anti-competitive federal cap on PFCs would allow airports across the country to become more financially self-sufficient. “It is important to note that PFCs are not taxes, but rather local user fees determined locally and used locally to improve the passenger experience and spur airline competition,” the letter continues. Click here to see the letter.

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* The Airport Council International’s Beyond the Runway Coalition is comprised of a wide range of aviation industry stakeholders seeking to ensure that airports remain strong economic engines and job centers in their local communities.  The 77 member organizations are aligned in support of modernizing airport infrastructure financing to ensure airports in the United States have the resources they need to remain competitive, thriving hubs of economic opportunity.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

 

Blumenauer Urges Industry to Keep Momentum Going

ACPA participated in the Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) meeting last week.  Hosted by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) the meeting was held Thursday in Washington, DC.

Featured speaker Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), encouraged participants to keep the momentum going in advocacy efforts aimed at highway and other infrastructure investment. 

Blumenauer recently unveiled a bill that would increase federal fuel taxes by 5 cents per gallon every year for five years. The bill also calls for indexing the tax to allow for adjustments; leveraging the proceeds; and eventually replacing it with a different funding mechanism. Congressman Blumenauer is a senior member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and a champion for infrastructure modernization.

Other highlights from the meeting include an observation that “Buy America” will be an area of interest in next bill. Stakeholder groups also observed that “Infrastructure Week,” which was aimed at increasing awareness and support for infrastructure investment and safety, was very successful.

There was also good support of last week’s TCC fly-in, as well as discussions about the need for strong leadership and support from the White House in order to move meaningful infrastructure funding measures forward in Congress.

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Photo source: US Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s website.

Highway Materials Group Event Focuses on Federal Investment

Members of Congress and officials from companies and associations involved in rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure held a press conference at the House Triangle yesterday to discuss the critical need for federal investment in the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure.

Organized by the Highway Materials Group (HMG) coalition, the event included comments by U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee’s Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Ranking Member  (RM) of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Highway & Transit Subcommittee.

“Every day we don’t act to improve our nation’s infrastructure, we fall further behind our global competitors,” Chairman Blumenauer says, adding, “It is past time that we step up and demonstrate the courage necessary to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill. I look forward to working with the Highway Materials Group and vast array of supporters in finally delivering for the American people.”

“Since 2003, federal spending on infrastructure has decreased by 20% when adjusted for inflation,” RM Davis says. “We need major investment in our infrastructure if our economy is going to continue to thrive. I’m encouraged by the interest of both parties to get something done on infrastructure this Congress, but we have to figure out a way to pay for it. I believe it is long past time to consider ways to diversify funding streams for transportation projects and it’s the only way to guarantee long-term sustainability. I’m looking forward to continuing these conversations throughout Infrastructure Week and as we work to get a bill done.”

Representing ACPA at the event were Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President. 

HMG Sponsors TV Ads
In related news the HMG sponsored TV ads over a two-week period to urge Congress to fund and pass meaningful infrastructure investment legislation. The campaign TV commercial, “Life Won’t Wait,” shows the human toll that the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure takes on our daily lives. The HMG is joining with the American Trucking Associations in this venture to give greater voice across sectors on the need to fun infrastructure investment now.  The ad campaign is running through May 23 in the Washington, DC. media market.  

For more information on the pressing need for infrastructure investment and the cost of doing nothing, visit www.roadtoabetterfuture.com. On social media, be sure to follow the hashtags #InfrastructureNOW and #TimeToBuild.

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The Highway Materials Group is comprised of eleven national associations, representing companies that provide the construction materials and equipment essential to building America’s roads, highways and bridges. We employ tens of thousands of men and women in well-paying American jobs, and we strongly support increased investment in America’s surface transportation network.  Members include: American Coal Ash Association; America 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 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

See the commercial and other videos on ACPA’s YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/ConcretePavements

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