The Alabama Senate voted by a 28-6 majority March 12 to pass Governor Ivey’s Rebuild Alabama Act. The Rebuild Alabama Act does not only support infrastructure, but also economic development efforts, assuring that Alabama is competitive in the continued growth and development efforts of our state.
Sen. Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro said he and his colleagues met more than 30 times to discuss and analyze every angle of the Rebuild Alabama plan.
“As a fiscally conservative legislative body, my fellow colleagues and I have been meeting for the past year to study and discuss the issues, considering and pursuing all options and exhausting every avenue to assure that our roads and bridges are safe for our first responders, school buses, students and citizens,” Livingston said. “The Rebuild Alabama plan will provide our industries and businesses better access to their markets allowing them to be more competitive. It will also ensure that Alabama remains a leading contender in economic development and job creation.”
Livingston said he admired Ivey’s vision to improve Alabama’s future.
“I applaud Governor Ivey for her vision and leadership to ‘Rebuild Alabama’ for our future generations,” he said.
House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, said the Rebuild Alabama Act opens the door for future infrastructure projects, which will result in the expansion of preexisting companies and increase the chance of new companies coming to Alabama.
“This state has been run very conservative for many years,” Ledbetter said. “It has been 30 years since the gas tax has been raised. When companies tell you they will not come here or expand until we fix our infrastructure, something has to be done.”
Ledbetter said it is a matter of investing in the state of Alabama so that others will want to invest in it as well. He said whether it be as an Alabamian or someone from another state, investing in Alabama is a sure way to make it prosper.
“The CEO of Mercedes told us that if we will not invest in our own state, then why would they,” he said. “It is also a safety issue. Something has to be done, and DeKalb County is a receiving county, so that means the county will receive more than it puts into this.”