Three advocates will discuss how they successfully campaigned to increase state transportation investment when increasing motor fuel taxes was not an option during a free 60-minute webinar. The best practices they will share are aimed at helping other transportation advocates facing similar challenges.
- Jack Ladd, executive director of Move Texas Forward, will explain how his state overwhelmingly approved transportation funding ballot measures two years in a row to generate $3.5 billion annually from the state sales tax, motor vehicle sales tax, and oil and gas tax revenues.
- Mike Elmendorf, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of New York State, will share how his coalition successfully advocated for $3.49 billion from a one-time state funding surplus to be used to make a needed investment in New York’s transportation infrastructure.
- Jake Cashion, director of governmental affairs at the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, will discuss how state lawmakers prevented a dramatic motor fuel tax cut, eliminated Highway Fund transfers, raised Division of Motor Vehicle fees, increased the tax on out-of-state motor vehicle purchases, and permitted municipalities to increase their local vehicle sales tax. North Carolina raised a total of $1.2 billion in additional transportation revenue availability this biennium, which includes $440 million annually in new revenues.
This webinar is hosted by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center, an internet-based educational platform that features detailed reports, analyses and case studies of recent transportation funding campaigns—both successful and unsuccessful—mounted in numerous states. It includes television, radio and print ads, polling, an overview of state and local funding and finance mechanisms, and an ongoing blog detailing new developments across the nation.
The Center’s program of work is also guided by a Transportation Investment Advocates Council, a national network of business professionals and public officials who share a common interest in building support for transportation infrastructure investments in their state or local community.