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Highly taxed, but road weary: Why Truckers strongly back Alabama's gas tax increase

When the members of the Alabama Trucking Association got together recently to vote on whether to support a 10-cent increase in the state's fuel tax, Frank Filgo received his mandate. All 65 members of the Alabama Trucking Association voted "Yes." They represent 54 trucking-related companies in the state, all of which will be affected by any fuel tax hike.

Rebuild Alabama bill puts state on cutting edge of electric vehicle infrastructure

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama House of Representatives is set to enter debate before taking a final vote Friday on HB 2, the Rebuild Alabama bill. The House will gavel in at 10:30 a.m. after HB 1, HB 2 and HB 3 unanimously advanced from the Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee and received their second readings Thursday afternoon.

Opinion | Ivey wants money for roads and bridges, so does Trump

"All in," is how one member of Gov. Kay Ivey's inner-circle describes the governor's commitment to revitalizing Alabama's aging infrastructure. In many ways, Ivey is echoing President Donald Trump's pledge to, "[B]uild gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land."

UA Research Reports Options for Future of Alabama Roads

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - An analysis of Alabama's roads and bridges by researchers at The University of Alabama provides future scenarios for the state of transportation infrastructure that vary based on funding. The report, " Addressing Alabama's Transportation Infrastructure: Roads and Bridges," informs state leaders about the impact of potential approaches to funding the state's roads and bridges.

Trump, in State of the Union, pushes for a 'great rebuilding of America's crumbling infrastructure'

President Donald Trump, in his second State of the Union address, called for a bipartisan infrastructure push on Tuesday night. "Both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America's crumbling infrastructure," Trump told Congress and government leaders.

Gov. Kay Ivey calls for road improvements, prison changes in inaugural address

Gov. Kay Ivey pledged to push for funding for infrastructure and new prison construction shortly after being sworn-in as governor on Monday. And in a possible reflection of the challenges ahead in pursuing those goals, Ivdey called for a spirit of bipartisanship in moving the state forward.

Keeping competitive advantage for Alabama, infrastructure key targets for economic developers

Keeping competitive advantage for Alabama, infrastructure key targets for economic developers Alabama's economic developers say they will support two legislative measures this year that will address significant issues that affect recruitment and retention of industry in the state. Most pressing is a bill to prevent site consultants from having to register as lobbyists under the state's ethics laws

AAI encourages Shelby chamber members to speak to legislators about infrastructure

After announcing the merger of their respective organizations late last year, the formerly Greater Shelby and South Shelby County Chambers of Commerce held their first Chamber Connections Luncheon under their new name - the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Page: We can't afford potholes on the road to progress - This Is Alabama

By Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama We don't often think of it this way, but roads are an incredibly important part of our daily lives.

Business leaders: We must invest in repairing Alabama's infrastructure now!

By members of the Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure (AAI), a grassroots advocacy coalition that promotes financially-responsible investment in Alabama's roads and infrastructure. The Alliance monitors the needs of Alabama's transportation network, communicates those needs to the public and identifies opportunities to make immediate, critical improvements.

Gov. Ivey: Trump's infrastructure focus good for Alabama; we must be ready

The need for infrastructure improvements and advancements across the State of Alabama is critical. The deterioration of our roads, bridges, waterways, and ports hinders public safety, economic growth, and quality of life.

TIMES EDITORIAL: Time to refuel roads

Oh, you want more taxes? Don't we all mutter that when elected officials come forward with a plan to build or improve something in our community or state? In Alabama, rejecting taxes or tax increases is common practice. But not in every case.


Roads and bridges lead to many places in a practical sense. But in great portions of Alabama, infrastructure is often a road to nowhere. Establishing and maintaining a viable infrastructure was the theme of Friday's Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Community Luncheon.

Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure taps Bham execs for officer posts - Birmingham Business Journal

The Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure, or AAI, this week announced its new officers and appointed its first executive director. Elected to serve in AAI board leadership are: Chairman, Jim Page, president and CEO, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Vice Chairman, Mike Thompson, president, Thompson Tractor Treasurer, Jason Teter, vice president of finance, Vulcan Materials Company Secretary, William Canary, president and CEO, Business Council of Alabama.

Discussion on Improving Alabama's Deteriorating Infrastructure Flows Freely at BCA Policy Summit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Business Council of Alabama's Pathways to Policy Summit on Alabama's Future held Oct. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel shined a spotlight on Alabama's dwindling infrastructure resources and its effect on job recruiting.

Alabama Mayors Call for Action on Transportation Infrastructure

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The mayors of Alabama's five largest cities gathered today in Montgomery where they called on state leaders to support efforts to improve transportation infrastructure in Alabama. The mayors from Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa said state legislators must identify funding for construction of new bridges, roads and highways as well as maintenance and repairs on existing infrastructure.

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