Three advocates will share their experiences running successful state transportation fund lockbox campaigns during a free hour-long webinar on Feb. 7 hosted by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC). Speakers will discuss 2014 and 2016 legislation, and subsequent ballot measures, in Maryland, Illinois and New Jersey that protect transportation-related revenues from being diverted for non-transportation purposes. Speakers will explore the development of the measures, what they included, and how they were passed by both the state legislature and voters. Participants will walk away with new tools to advance their own campaigns to create a transportation fund lockbox.
The session will feature:
Michael Sturino, president and CEO of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA). Sturino will share his experience working with lawmakers in developing lockbox legislation and his ballot measure campaign that won 79 percent of voter approval on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot.
James Russ, president of the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association (MTBMA). Russ will explore Maryland’s 2014 measure to protect the state’s transportation fund from diversions to non-transportation programs, which was overwhelmingly approved by 82 percent of voters.
Anthony Attanasio, executive director of Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA of NJ). Attanasio will discuss the development of the state’s transportation fund lockbox legislation, the campaign that ensured the lockbox measure was successfully approved by lawmakers and voters, and how the measure tied in with the October 2016 state motor fuel tax increase.
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ is an internet-based educational platform that features detailed reports, analyses and case studies of recent transportation funding campaigns—both successful and unsuccessful—mounted in numerous states. It includes television, radio and print ads, polling, an overview of state and local funding and finance mechanisms, and an ongoing blog detailing new developments across the nation. The Center’s program of work is also guided by the Transportation Investment Advocates Council™, a national network of business professionals and public officials who share a common interest in building support for transportation infrastructure investments in their state or local community.