The aggregates industry continually faces legislation in Congress that directly impacts the bottom lines and the operations of its member companies. According to lawmakers, constituent or grassroots mobilization may be the most effective way to accomplish legislative goals. Through A2, NSSGA members have the potential to become more influential advocates for aggregates.
NSSGA’s A2 “Growing Forward” grassroots program is recognized by Congress as a premiere transportation construction industry-leading grassroots advocacy organization.
We want to make grassroots activism simpler, easier and more effective for you!
Our goal is to educate and influence policymakers on issues of importance to the aggregates industry through both broad-based and micro-targeted campaigns.
Last year Congress temporarily shored-up the Highway Trust Fund before it became insolvent by approving a short-term extension of the program through May 31, 2015. However, the short-term patch is not guaranteed to last through the length of the extension, and already groups are moving to oppose long-term funding mechanisms essential to maintain our nation’s roads, bridges and highways.
The debate on the future of surface transportation in the 21st century will be the most important one involving highway policy since Congress passed legislation in 1956 establishing the Interstate Highway System. The outcome will not only establish aggregates producers’ future market, it will leave a legacy on which future generations will depend. NSSGA’s Reauthorization Roadmap has been prepared to help you understand what is at stake for the aggregates industry.
Larry Major of Pike Industries, Inc. (an Oldcastle Company and an NSSGA member) alerted us to an event held earlier this spring that members of the aggregates industry may want to replicate in other states to drive home to elected officials the importance of our nation’s highways. At a time when Congress is debating reauthorization and funding options for our roads and bridges, tours and visits such as this play a crucial role in educating elected officials.
Larry sits on the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Good Roads Association which has been advocating for well-constructed roads for over a century. In May, NHGRA hosted a bus tour for legislators of NH’s largest active construction project, the Interstate 93 expansion.