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April 24, 2019

ACEC Awards Minuteman Fund Grant to ACEC/Alabama to Defend Newly-Enacted State Infrastructure Funding

The Minuteman Fund has awarded a grant to ACEC/Alabama to defend recently passed state transportation infrastructure funding that is under attack in the Alabama Legislature.

The Rebuild America Act, which was passed with support from the Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure (AAI), a grassroots coalition of which ACEC/Alabama is a founding member, will raise the state gas tax by 10 cents per gallon over the next three years. The law is expected to raise an estimated $320 million annually for road construction and maintenance. One key component of the legislation is linking the gas tax rate to the National Highway Construction Cost Index so it can be adjusted every two years.

The law will take effect on September 1, but it is already under attack in the state legislature. One recently introduced bill would sunset the indexing provision and other efforts may be introduced to nullify it. ACEC/AL and the AAI will use the Minuteman Fund grant to defend the Rebuild America Act from partisan attacks.

Click here for more information on the Minuteman Fund.

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