Speaking of the 10-Year Plan, on Tuesday at 1:30 PM the Senate Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 2016, the latest draft of that plan. Our goal for the bill now that it is in the Senate is to see an amendment passed that will restore the $4,000,000 in funding for continued work on the Capital Corridor Project that was removed by a narrow vote when HB 2016 was being considered on the floor of the House. A big thank you to Senators Bette Lasky and Kevin Avard, who will be proposing the amendment language for the Committee's consideration. The Chamber has been working with a number of other stakeholders on this one, and the public hearing on Tuesday will be the first step in the final push. Chamber President Tracy Hatch will be there to testify on behalf of the Chamber.
If you and your company are in support of this next step - to determine the track layout and environmental assessment and to get detailed capital and operational financial plans based on that layout/assessment - please let the members of the Transportation Committee know. Here's their contact information:
Nancy Stiles, Chairman
Regina Birdsell, Vice Chairman
David Watters | (603) 271-8631
Gary Daniels | (603) 271-3042
Dan Feltes | (603) 271-3067
The vote by the full Senate will have to happen by May 12th, so we are really in the homestretch here. Next week, we'll let you know how the hearing went.