Norris Joins Legislative Study on Transportation Funding

September 24, 2008

Norris Joins Legislative Study on Transportation Funding

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been appointed to a special joint study committee to examine the
financial health of Tennessee’s transportation system.  Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey appointed Norris to this post.

The committee consists of four members of the state Senate and four members of the state House of Representatives, as well as a representative from the state’s county highway departments, the transportation construction industry, municipalities, public transportation, railroads, and the barge industry.  The group has been charged with studying the various sources of federal and state revenue used to fund Tennessee’s transportation system, investigating ways to enhance these existing sources, and identifying potential new sources of revenue for future growth.

“The debate over transportation needs and how government meets them in the next generation is fundamental,” said Norris.  “The Joint Study Committee on Transportation Finance assures the people of Tennessee a voice in that debate and an opportunity to provide an additional forum for the debate. Not only must we represent the interests of our
stakeholders, the citizens, but also carefully coordinate with the federal government for lasting solutions.”

Norris, a former Chair of the Senate’s Transportation and Safety Committee, gave a presentation earlier this month to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) regarding the recent report of the Intergovernmental Forum on Transportation Finance, of which he is a principal along with leaders from across America.  Next week, he will address the Southeastern Rail Shippers Association in Nashville on transportation issues.  He was also recently named Chair of the newly-formed Transportation Funding Advisory Group under the Council of State Governments (CSG).  Both at the state and interstate levels, Senator Norris continues to work with
transportation and legislative leaders to craft solutions to Tennessee and America’s potential transportation funding issues.  Of these opportunities, Norris commented, “The lifeblood of liberty flows through our transportation network, and it is in jeopardy.”

Senator Norris represents the West TN Counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer.

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