Alabama voters will soon have an opportunity to make sure our state’s highways are upgraded and made safer. Amendment Three — a proposal to spend about $100 million a year, for ten years, on the state’s transportation infrastructure — deserves a yes vote on November 2nd. Sen. Lowell Barron and my brother, Rep. Billy Beasley, successfully guided the proposed constitutional amendment through the Legislature. It must now be approved by the voters. This is clearly an investment in Alabama and one that will pay for repair and replacement of aging roads and bridges across the state. Each county and city gets its fair share of this money. All of this comes at a time when jobs in our state are badly needed. Roads and bridges all over the state are in desperate need of repair.
If Amendment Three passes, a total of $1 billion, without any new taxes, will be spent on improving transportation infrastructure over ten years. In a typical year the money – $100 million each year – will be distributed as follows:
The amendment, if adopted, would require each county to give 10% of this allocation to its municipalities, distributed based on population, for projects chosen by the municipalities. It’s been estimated that projects funded by the amendment would create 30,000 new jobs. The projects – without a doubt – will give a real boost to the state’s economy. If this amendment fails to pass, I don’t know where the money needed for roads and bridges will come from. I strongly recommend a yes vote on Amendment Three.
Source: Mobile Press Register
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