Three advocates explored their governor’s involvement in state transportation funding debates during the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center’s (TIAC) May 3 webinar. Speakers compared the challenges of running campaigns in states where Republican governors were both for and against increasing revenue for roads and bridges. The best practices they shared can help other transportation advocates facing similar circumstances.

“The Governor’s Role in Transportation Funding” webinar featured:

Anthony Attanasio, executive director of Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey. Attanasio discussed the challenges of campaigning for a transportation funding increase while Gov. Chris Christie (R) ran for his party’s presidential nomination. Without new revenue, New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund could become insolvent by June 30.

Mike Nystrom, executive vice president/secretary of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. Nystrom explored how the support of Gov. Rick Snyder (R) enabled his state to pass a package of bills that will increase state motor fuel taxes, raise registration fees by 20 percent, and create a new annual fee for electric-powered motor vehicles that will generate $1.2 billion per year once fully implemented.

Josh Moenning, executive director of 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska. Moenning discussed how his state overturned Gov. Pete Rickett’s (R) veto in order to increase the state gas tax, and 2016 legislative action to accelerate capital improvement projects.

The webinar recording is now available for free on the TIAC website. View the webinar.

The next webinar, “Transportation Funding Campaigns in an Election Year,” will feature three advocates sharing strategies to address the challenges of running a transportation funding campaign in the same year that state leaders are facing reelection. That webinar will be held in August 2016. To be kept informed of future webinars, as well as state transportation funding news and other TIAC events, sign up for a TranspoAdvocate News subscription.