Public Policy Update

Pike Industries recently joined with leading construction companies from around the nation during the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In held in Washington, DC. Over 500 construction employees attended the event to meet with individual Senators and Representative to discuss issues critical to the industry. The leading topics on this year’s agenda were:

  • The urgency for an adequately funded 6 year highway reauthorization act so that DOTs and companies can make long range planning decisions
  • The need to raise additional revenues for the Highway Trust Fund through an increased motor fuel user fee (gas tax), which has not been raised in 20 years
  • The staggering unemployment rate 17.8% in the construction industry (highest of all sectors of the economy)
  • Reducing bureaucratic red tape and redundancies that accompany federal funding for the highway and permitting programs

How to fix crumbling U.S. roads, rails and airways

Gary Abbott (Associated General Contractors), Dick Piper (RM Piper), Jeff Cloutier (North American Reserve), Christian Zimmemann (Pike), Ron Ciotti (Hinkley, Allen & Snyder), Larry Major (Pike)