Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill – Tennessee News

Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill –  Tennessee News


VOL. 132 | NO. 79 | Thursday, April 20, 2017

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland lauded the Tennessee Legislature for passing the IMPROVE Act, including a combination of fuel tax and fee increases designed to improve transportation funding.

“The General Assembly did the right thing (Wednesday) by voting for Gov. Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, which I was proud to support,” Strickland said via Twitter. “This will help Memphis and the entire state of Tennessee when it comes to maintaining and improving our roads and bridges, and it also gives us more options as we explore sustainable funding solutions for mass transit in our city.”

The road funding bill approved by the Tennessee Legislature calls for increases in the gas and diesel taxes and vehicle-related fees, all offset by reductions in business, Hall and food taxes.

(Daily News File/Lance Murphey)

Shelby County has some 20 road and bridge projects worth $600 million included in the legislation, part of $10.5 billion in transportation work languishing statewide.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry also hailed the Senate and House votes in favor of the bill.

“This is a momentous day in Tennessee, as the General Assembly has voted to move our state forward on building the transportation infrastructure we need to remain competitive economically and improve the quality of life of our residents,” Barry said in a statement. “I want to thank the entire Davidson County delegation for voting in support of Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, which contained the critical local option component that will let voters determine the future of transit in the…

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