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April 20, 2015

House Unveils Comprehensive Transportation Funding Reform

The House filed a long-term transportation reform proposal, House Bill 927 - Re-establish North Carolina as the "Good Roads State," which redefines how the state will collect and spend transportation revenue. The new spending plan will outline new infrastructure spending, an increase of approximately $1 billion per year, in specific sums toward contract resurfacing, state port modernization, city streets, bridge repairs and other transportation needs.

To read more of this week's legislative blog, written by Kerri Burke of McGuireWoods, Consulting, LLC, click here.

Register Now - Charlotte Chamber's Annual Raleigh Advocacy Bus Trip

The Charlotte Chamber will host the one-day annual bus trip on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 designed to strengthen Charlotte's relationship with the North Carolina General Assembly. We need you to join us in representing and advocating for Charlotte as we meet with key leaders and legislators throughout the day, concluding with admission to the 2015 North Carolina Chamber's Government Affairs Conference, highlighting legislative leaders as speakers, as well as their reception with all 170 legislators. This trip is open to all chamber members.

$125 registratoon fee includes:
- Transportation to and from Raleigh, North Carolina
- Breakfast
- Lunch
- Snacks
- Drinks
- Admission to the 2015 North Carolina Chamber's
Government Affairs Conference, followed by the reception.

To register for the 2015 Raleigh Advocacy Bus Trip, click here.

For questions regarding this trip, contact Laura Guacci at 704.378.1322.

2015 Transportation Infrastructure Summit - We Can't Wait

According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, Charlotte ranks as the second fastest-growing big city in the country. Charlotte has grown 40 percent since the 2000 census, and the result of our population boom is an increased demand on the transportation infrastructure in the Charlotte region. With a status quo transportation funding structure, the Charlotte region will face a transportation crisis. We will not be able to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of the transportation network, nor manage the growth that Charlotte continues to experience.

On Friday, April 17, the chamber hosted our Transportation Infrastructure Summit with more than 200 attendees. Speakers included local, state and federal leaders from both the public and private sector. The call to action was loud and clear: we need a stronger, more unified voice to let our state and federal elected officials know that increased funding for transportation infrastructure investment cannot wait. We need your help to address urgent need for a sustainable, long-term funding plan to ensure the safety and efficiency of our transportation future. Please call, email and meet with your representatives to ask them to support increased transportation funding today. Your list of elected officials is HERE - tell them we can't wait.

While we know increased funding at the state and federal level is critical, we also recognize the need for alternative financing options and innovative public-private partnerships. We urge you to stay engaged in these discussions. Please consider joining our transportation and aviation public policy committees. For more information about these committees, contact Laura Guacci at 704.378.1322.

The Charlotte region must be unified and proactive to create a stable, diversified and economically efficient revenue model that will meet the demands of our current and future needs. For more information on our advocacy efforts, contact Carrie Cook and 704.378.1325.

An Open Letter From the Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Superintendent Ann Clark presented her 2015-2016 operating budget recommendation to the Board of Education on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is committed to providing a personalized learning experience that addresses the needs and interests of each student, so that every student graduates prepared for college or career.

It is important that our community members understand the recommendation and the context for the request. See Superintendent Ann Clark's open letter here.

Click here to view the Charlotte-Mecklenburg's 2015-2016 Budget/Capital Plan information.