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Chamber pressures Congress to replenish Highway Trust Fund



Published: Fri, May 9, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber was one of 51 regional chambers of commerce to sign a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund.

The business organizations, comprising the Metro Cities Council at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, said that without a sustainable source of funding, “the trust fund will be in a deep deficit that will require major cuts in federal highway and transit funding or a potential halt of the entire federal transportation program.”

“We need your support to ensure the viability of this critical component of the nation’s economy, including its ability to accelerate the all too slow recovery of the jobs lost since the onset of the deep recession that started in 2008,” the chamber letter said.

The chambers linked a robust Highway Trust Fund to economic well-being, saying construction employment, transportation, reliable freight delivery and overall good quality were vital to attracting a talented workforce.

But without federal funding, local and state governments are forced to halt improvement projects.

“Without a strong federal partner, we will not be able to meet the demands of maintaining and expanding our transportation systems on which robust national and local economies depend,” the letter read.


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