AEM is urging Wisconsin lawmakers to move past a longstanding road-funding impasse and make a long-term investment in the state’s infrastructure.
Nick Yaksich, AEM senior vice president for government and industry relations, wrote a key committee chairman before a hearing on future infrastructure plans for Wisconsin, urging the legislature to make a “meaningful” commitment to the state’s road construction funding. The state’s road construction fund suffers from an estimated $1 billion shortfall.
Noting AEM’s headquarters in Milwaukee and the 98 members who maintain facilities or headquarters in the state, Yaksich wrote: “On behalf of these companies, we respectfully ask that the 2017-19 WisDOT budget proposal take into account the long-term needs of both citizens and businesses in Wisconsin.”
The letter reflected AEM’s growing involvement in a variety of state-level issues important to equipment manufacturers. AEM’s Board of Directors has identified expanding advocacy on the state level as a key strategic priority for the association in 2017, and AEM recently hired Stephanie See as director of state government and industry relations to lead that expanded focus.
In addition to sending the letter, AEM also submitted a copy of TRIP’s latest report on the deteriorating conditions of Wisconsin’s roads in hopes of prodding the legislature into action.