With the enthusiastic encouragement of National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Chairman Bill Schneider, president and CEO, Knife River Corp., and NSSGA Government Affairs Division Chairman Charlie Luck, IV, president and CEO, Luck Stone Corp., NSSGA is kicking off its "One to Five" program, a new initiative to boost support from both the business sector and the general public at the local level for surface transportation reauthorization. The recently announced House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee field hearings offer an ideal opportunity to launch this program and get non-construction interests involved in reauthorization.
The current extension of the surface transportation law expires on March 4. There is a real possibility that the program will not be extended for a sufficient time period or at current funding levels. We need to do all we can to ensure Congress extends the law until at least the end of the current fiscal year at the current funding levels while a multi-year reauthorization is developed.
Under the "One to Five" initiative, each NSSGA Official Representative of an NSSGA member company is being asked to reach out to five other business or community leaders, local government officials and school officials, among others they know, who are not involved in construction. For example, 200 NSSGA company leaders contacting just five heads of non-construction-related businesses – large, medium and small – and local government leaders, engaging them in concern for extension of the law at current funding levels, and then building support for a multi-year, well-functioning highway bill, can bring 1,000 non-construction business leaders to the congressional table to participate in this issue. Such a groundswell of voices urging action by their members of Congress through letters to them or other media would be an extremely powerful force that could not be ignored.
“We need to change the dominant advocacy messenger from construction to non-construction so that lawmakers can see that this issue is of concern community-wide,” NSSGA said.