Astec launches Highway Trust Fund campaign

Astec Industries is putting pressure on Congress to deliver a long-term Highway Trust Fund plan by launching a campaign, Don’t Let America Dead End.

“Time is running out. America’s infrastructure is in desperate need of rebuilding,” the campaign website says. “Without your involvement, the funds to create tens of thousands of jobs and pump millions into our economy over the course of the next decade will fall by the wayside The road ends when the short-term extension runs out on May 31. Don’t let America dead end.”

Congress passed a short-term Highway Trust Fund patch in August of 2014, but that will only fund the country’s transportation infrastructure to May 2015.

Astec’s open letter to Congress

to President Obama and members of the United States Congress,

Our nation’s future is at a crossroads. If you have not crossed partisan lines to solve the funding crisis facing our nation’s highways by May 31st, you will have chosen to put our nation’s infrastructure and economy at risk.

There are no more detours that can be taken, no more temporary fixes that will solve the dangers of a crumbling infrastructure and the demise of our economy as a result.

Senator Corker (R-TN) and Senator Murphy (D-CT) have worked together to find a way to fund highway investment. The proposal would raise the current gas tax by six cents, each year, over two years, for a total increase of twelve cents per gallon. This represents an increase of about $1.60 per week per car-a small price to pay to ensure our economy and families are safe.

The need to invest in a long-term solution is undeniable. Washington DC has an opportunity unlike any in recent history to move our nation forward.

You have a proposal on the table. Please don’t miss this opportunity to work together, and get the job done. The road ends May 31st.

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