Alabama Construction News

JUL-SEP 2018

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36 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS JUL–SEP 2018 Q U E S T I O N : Would you support a long overdue gas tax for infrastructure improvements/development/maintenance? A N S W E R : I support increased investments in infrastructure because I believe it is a good business decision for the state of Alabama. If we want to be competitive in this 21st Century economy, we must invest in our roads and bridges. I am hopeful the state legislature will work together to make sure Alabama is ready and open for business. Q U E S T I O N : What is your plan to improve workforce development in Alabama? A N S W E R : Alabama needs a comprehensive approach to prepare our people for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow, and that's why I launched "Strong Start, Strong Finish." The "Strong Start, Strong Finish" initiative integrates Alabama's early childhood education, K-12 education and workforce development efforts into a seamless journey for all Alabamians. "Strong Start, Strong Finish" focuses on three strategies. 1) Pre to Three focuses on securing statewide saturation for Alabama's First- Class Pre-K program and ensuring that all of Alabama's third graders are proficient by 2022. 2) Computer Science for All Alabamians will ensure that a rigorous computer science course is offered at all Alabama middle and high schools by 2022. 3) Advanced Training, Better Jobs will prepare 500,000 more Alabamians for high-wage, high-demand jobs by helping them earn high-quality postsecondary degrees, certificates and credentials by 2025. In addition to launching Strong Start, Strong Finish, I also approved another $216 million in education funding for the largest investment in education in a decade, and this money goes straight into the classrooms. Education is a cornerstone of a better life, and I am committed to doing everything I can to make sure Alabamians have the resources they need to be prepared for the workplace and succeed. Q U E S T I O N : What is your plan to upgrade and expand infrastructure in Alabama? A N S W E R : Infrastructure is a critical component to job creation efforts. However, current infrastructure funding in Alabama provides for only two of three important aspects: 1) We are able to provide for the general maintenance of roads and bridges; and 2) We periodically fund priority projects to alleviate some of the state's most congested roadways. The third aspect which we are unable to fund under our current structure is that of 3) priority projects which continue to be on our state's "wish list." This wish list is typically driven by the recommendations of local officials as they determine their greatest needs. Shortly after being sworn in as Governor, I was chosen as one of eight governors to work with President Trump on how to improve our infrastructure. As we have worked with President Trump and the Federal Highway Administration, we have begun to implement alternative methods to address the expansion of infrastructure. For example, we have applied the utilization of public-private partnerships (P3s). The greatest example of this is the I-10 Mobile River Bridge. This project is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the United States, and we will take a business-minded approach by leveraging the private sector for a more efficient and cost-effective G O V E R N O R I V E Y A N D O P P O N E N T W A L T M A D D O X T A L K C O N S T R U C T I O N G O V E R N O R K A Y I V E Y With the Alabama governor's race looming, Alabama Construction News sat down with Governor Kay Ivey and her democratic challenger, Walt Maddox to talk about the issues important to the construction industry.

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