2014 Ė S 3036

Enacted 05/28/14

S E N A T E†† R E S O L U T I O N


Introduced By: Senators Ruggerio, Paiva Weed, McCaffrey, Goodwin, and DiPalma

Date Introduced: May 28, 2014


WHEREAS, Transportation contributes immensely to the nationís economy. Investments made to the national transportation network have helped the United States build the worldís largest economy and the most mobile society; and

WHEREAS, The Highway Trust Fund, which supports a significant portion of the nationís construction and repair of our surface transportation system, will be insolvent before the fall of 2014, and just a few weeks later, the authorities that establish our surface transportation programs will expire; and

WHEREAS, Without action, many states and communities may be forced to slow or stop work on critical transportation projects that move people, energy, and freight every day, putting jobs at risk and slowing investment in our future; and

WHEREAS, The Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act, or GROW AMERICA Act, is a $302 billion, four-year transportation reauthorization proposal that provides increased and stable funding for our nationís highways, bridges, transit, and rail systems; and

WHEREAS, The Obama Administrationís proposal is funded by supplementing current revenues with $150 billion in one-time transition revenue from pro-growth business tax reform. This will prevent Trust Fund insolvency for four years and increase investments to meet national economic goals; and

WHEREAS, The GROW AMERICA Act will provide states like Rhode Island with the certainty needed to effectively plan and start construction on projects that will support good paying jobs over the next several years; and

WHEREAS, The GROW AMERICA Act will also provide critical investments to fix Rhode Island's decaying roads and bridges and ensure the safety of our transportation systems. The proposal will increase the amount of highway funds by an average of about twenty-two percent above FY 2014 enacted levels, while emphasizing "Fix-it-First" policies and reforms that prioritize investments for much needed repairs and improvements; and

WHEREAS, The GROW AMERICA Act will support opportunities for the middle class. Today, forty-five percent of Americans lack access to public transportation, limiting their options for jobs, education, and other necessities. The GROW AMERICA Act will provide improved access to safer and less expensive transportation options for millions of Americans, in part by investing $72 billion in public transportation; and

WHEREAS, The GROW AMERICA Act will incentivize cost effective investments and strengthen the performance incentives to maintain safety and conditions of good repair, and expand research and technology activities in order to improve the productivity of our transportation systems, thereby increasing taxpayer return on investment; and

WHEREAS, Rhode Islandís transportation infrastructure relies on continued federal support to ensure that residents of the Ocean State have access to well-maintained and safe roads, highways, bridges, and rail systems, assets which are also essential to attracting tourists to our beautiful state; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby respectfully urges Congress to support President Obamaís GROW AMERICA Act; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby supports the comprehensive approach taken by the GROW AMERICA Act to reform our business taxes in a manner that helps create jobs and encourages investments in our nationís infrastructure; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to send duly authorized copies of this resolution to the members of Rhode Islandís Congressional delegation.