Fixes can't wait
The letter “House GOP blew it” (July 24 and TribLIVE.com) points out how important a comprehensive bill for a transportation funding plan is to public safety, job creation and economic development.
As chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee and sponsor of Senate Bill 1, I believe that we must act now to make the necessary investment in our transportation network, which is in dire need of maintenance, construction and safety upgrades.
My legislation, which now awaits action in the House, would enable the state to repair unsafe roads and aging bridges, undertake construction projects in congested areas and improve our ports, rail lines, airports and mass-transit systems. It would also create jobs in transportation-related sectors and boost our economy by helping to more efficiently move people, goods and services.
SB 1 would enable us to begin investing in our transportation network now — rather than continuing to put off much-needed maintenance, construction and safety upgrades that are crucial to our state's future. We cannot continue to ignore this issue — there is a cost for inaction.
The writer, a Republican, represents the 44th Senatorial District.
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