Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
March 3, 2008
Sen. Kenneth Corn
Senate Approves Measure to Increase Appropriations
to ROADS Fund
The state Senate on Monday approved legislation that would increase
appropriations to the Rebuilding Oklahoma Access and Driver Safety
Senate Bill 1141 by Sen. Kenneth
Corn would increase appropriations to the fund from $70 million
to $120 million beginning June 30, 2009. Established in 2005, all
monies dedicated to the ROADS Fund are used for the construction
and maintenance of state roads and bridges. The bill would remove
a three-percent growth trigger that has previously prevented annual
appropriations increases to the fund.
Corn said it is critical that the Legislature begin investing in
roads and bridges.
“It’s no secret that Oklahoma’s roads and bridges
are among the nation’s worst, and it’s time for the
Legislature to step up and make the investments needed to rebuild
our transportation infrastructure,” said Corn, D-Poteau. “If
we don’t make transportation a priority, we not only harm
our business climate but we endanger Oklahomans. We have a long
way to go but approving this legislation is a positive step in a
larger effort to rebuild Oklahoma’s roads and bridges.”
Corn said that when the Legislature established the ROADS Fund,
the legislation provided for annual funding increases of $50 million
as long as state revenues grew by a rate of three percent each year.
Removal of the trigger would allow the Legislature to provide funding
increases independent of growth projections.
Corn said passage of the measure would complete a funding commitment
to the Department of Transportation and part of an eight-year plan
to improve the state’s roads and bridges.
“As we set our priorities for Oklahoma, roads and bridges
need to be at the top,” Corn said. “If we’re going
to tell the people of Oklahoma that we’re going to fix roads
and bridges, we ought to make a concrete commitment to do so.”
The measure now advances to the House for consideration.
For more information contact:
Senator Corn's Office: (405) 521-5576