Trump SOTU Promotes Infrastructure Investment & NSSGA Head Says It’s Go Time NOW

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National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) President & CEO Michael Johnson has been speaking about President Trump’s recent State of the Union address and the vigorous bipartisan reception that talk of infrastructure investment received.

In this new Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition podcast, Johnson emphasizes that the country is more than poised to see these words materialize into action. Communities are dealing with lagging transportation funding, traffic jams, pothole-riddled roads, and strained “interstate arteries” in a national network Johnson sees as akin to an “economic circulatory system.”

He also notes that while China is investing in cutting-edge infrastructure (and courting other countries to build their systems too) to achieve long-term economic dominance, America is still trying to figure out how to address sinking funding and modernize the nation’s waning infrastructure. This, after almost three years since the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the United States’ infrastructure a grade of D+ and pointed to massive funding shortfalls.

“Everywhere I go, when I sit down with local aggregate industry associations and visit with folks in the larger business community in that travel, I hear people talking about infrastructure,” adds Johnson.

The last federally enacted surface-transportation legislation, The FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act, expires at the end of September. Within the last seven months, movement on the infrastructure front has included: the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) introducing $287 billion legislation and a historic push to fix America’s roads and bridges; House Democrats announcing a priority $760 billion blueprint to fund infrastructure investments; and the Trump White House identifying, in its 2021 budget, a $1 trillion infrastructure investment proposal which would include a 10-year surface-transportation reauthorization.

“All of these reinforce the role federal funding and modern infrastructure indelibly have on local economies and a public on the go,” says ATM Executive Director Ed Mortimer. “But Mike helps define the very serious quality-of-life and fiscal issues at stake. We’re not getting anywhere by simply treading water. We need to put America first and that means working as a team to ensure the quality of life and ongoing economic prosperity Americans deserve through faster, better and safer infrastructure.”

NSSGA is a member of ATM.

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