AFP: Fixing the Transportation Trust Fund Requires Getting Priorities in Order

August 13, 2014

AFP: Fixing the Transportation Trust Fund Requires Getting Priorities in Order

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading advocate for taxpayers, is responding to calls from Senate President Sweeney, Sen. Sarlo and others to find a revenue stream for the Transportation Trust Fund.

“Americans for Prosperity agrees that we need to do something to fund infrastructure and maintain our roads. No one disputes how important this is to our economy. The problem is lawmakers refuse to get their priorities in order, practice fiscal discipline and put an end to giveaways to special interests,” said AFP state director Daryn Iwicki.

“Project labor agreements and prevailing wage giveaways to Big Labor are the biggest reason New Jersey has the highest costs to maintain roads of any state in the country. New Jersey spends $1.2 million to pave a mile of road, 8.4 times more than the national average. To put in perspective just how bad this is, New York only spends $374,000 per mile for the same work.”

“The Legislature, including members of both parties, has seen fit to put on the ballot a measure that will lock up $4 billion for thirty years to buy more land,” noted Iwicki. “This is money that could go to better use funding infrastructure improvements, addressing our enormous unfunded pension and benefit liabilities, or cutting taxes to spur economic growth.”

“We welcome the discussion proposed by Sen. Sarlo, Sen. Sweeney and other legislators who want to get serious about replenishing the TTF.  But there has to be an honest discussion about keeping money in the TTF, cutting the fat in the budget and putting taxpayers ahead of special interests.”

AFP welcomes media inquiries. Please contact Communications Director Mike Proto via e-mail (mproto@afphq.org) or phone (201-400-3666).

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