TIME TO REBUILD INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOW
RELEASED: March 10, 2016
Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport), donning the signature orange tee-shirt of local roads and bridges advocacy day, was joined by a bipartisan group of his colleagues from both houses of the Legislature to issue a spirited call for the additional funding needed to revitalize upstate’s deteriorating infrastructure.
“How many potholes do you encounter on your way to work? We have a lot of work to do, and we’re fighting for the funding to get it done right,” said Finch. “We want our children traveling to school over sound bridges and on safe roads. It is so important.”
Finch emphasized the need for transportation funding parity. He reasons that the Department of Transportation (DOT) Capital Plan should equal the $26 billion allocated to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
“We deserve our fair share. Safe, reliable infrastructure keeps families safe. It allows manufacturers and farmers to ship their goods with confidence. It is essential for our tourism industry. Economic growth is built on the solid foundation of sound infrastructure,” said Finch.
Specifically, Finch is encouraging the governor and legislative leaders to include a $250 million increase in the enacted budget for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, commonly known as CHIPS. He is also seeking $600 million over four years for a critical local bridge program.
“It is fiscally responsible to fix our local roads and bridges now before they deteriorate further and repairs become more costly. Nearly half of all miles traveled statewide are driven on roads maintained by our hardworking local and county highway officials. The next time you’re driving over a bridge, ask yourself if its maintenance is an expense you think we should spare,” said Finch.