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Large coalition of groups, including Chambers, urge need to prioritize infrastructure in legislature

Increasing funding to improve Kentucky’s infrastructure has been the top priority of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, and many other organizations in a huge coalition for years now.

This year alone, 110 cities and counties and 14 state and local chambers of commerce have passed resolutions and written letters in support of this issue.

Increased investment in our roads and bridges is key to our economic development, safety, competitiveness, and quality of life, the group argues.

They are frustrated with their lack of progress. They are specifically suggesting a 10-cent increase in the gas tax.

“Kentucky continues to fall behind, and we must act now. Funding solutions must be modernized and remain dynamic to meet the evolving needs of a changing economy. There is no better way to work toward economic recovery and getting our people back to work than properly investing in Kentucky’s future by raising the gas tax by at least 10 cents. Without action on this issue in 2021, the legislature will have, for the fourth year, chosen not to truly act on the best way to move our economy forward,” the group said in a public statement.

The following groups have signed onto the coalition statement:

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Association of Counties
Kentucky Association of Cities
American Council of Engineering Companies of KY
Associated General Contractors of Kentucky
Association of Equipment Managers
Commerce Lexington
CSX Transportation
DLZ Engineering
Great Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce
Kentuckians for Better Transportation
Kentucky Concrete Association
Kentucky Crushed Stone Association
Kentucky Highway Contractors
Kentucky Public Transit Association
Northern Kentucky Chamber
Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
Plantmix Asphalt Association of Kentucky
RJ Corman
Southeast Kentucky Chamber
Stupp Bridge Company

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