After several years of short-term transportation funding authorizations, Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) in 2012, a two-year package that led to long overdue reforms. However, MAP-21 expires this September. The NC Chamber joined more than thirty state chambers across the country in urging Congressional leadership to develop the next surface transportation bill that provides predictability and certainty to a sector of our economy that needs stability and growth. Additionally, the North Carolina Chamber sent a similar letter to our state congressional delegation that included the TRIP transportation report that was released last week, underscoring the importance of infrastructure to North Carolina’s economy. You can watch the report press conference here.
In North Carolina, the reauthorization of MAP-21 is critical to our statewide transportation system. At our Transportation and Infrastructure Summit last week, both Gov. McCrory and Sec. Tata stressed the impact of federal highway funding on North Carolina – $1.2 billion and 15,000 jobs. We will continue working with policymakers, at both the federal and state levels, and business leaders to strengthen our state’s infrastructure.
Gary J. Salamido
Vice President, Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber