Tells local mayors, transit officials that Tennessee offers example for federal government of how to create jobs, remain fiscally responsible
Posted on April 24, 2013
“What I will pledge to do is work for a long-term transportation system that’s properly paid for – that doesn’t add to the federal debt.” – Lamar Alexander
WASHINGTON, April 24 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday met with mayors and transportation officials from around Tennessee, telling them the federal government should support “adequate infrastructure and transportation” without increasing the federal debt.
The meeting included mayors and other top officials from the cities of Jackson and Kingston and numerous counties, including: Bledsoe, Bradley, Campbell, Chester, Cocke, Hardeman, Hardin, Henderson, Jackson, McMinn, McNairy and Sequatchie. Also in attendance were numerous transportation and human services officials from around the state.
“The first thing we need to do is draw a picture of where we want our country to be,” Alexander said. “What I will pledge to do is work for a long-term transportation system that’s properly paid for – that doesn’t add to the federal debt.”
Alexander called for a longer-term transportation bill – five to six years instead of the two-year bill Congress most recently passed – that supports road and other transit projects in a fiscally responsible way. He cited Tennessee’s road program from the 1980s, when he served as governor, as an example for the federal government. Tennessee enacted three road programs on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, instead of taking on any debt, and created a highway system that encouraged jobs in the automotive industry across the state.
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