The Wire

  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

    Excerpt:

    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

    Excerpt:

    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

True or False: The Port of Mobile will receive 50% of Alabama’s increased gas tax?

Of the total annual revenue created by Rebuild Alabama, the project to expand the Port of Mobile will only receive 3.6% of revenue or $11.7 million. The funding will go towards a bond issuance that cannot be financed for more than 20 years. Once the bond debt service is paid off, then those dollars will go back into roads and bridges. Learn the facts.  #fixALroads

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True or False: Alabama’s new gas tax puts the state among the highest taxed in the nation?

According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Alabama currently ranks 50th in state and local tax collections.  With the 10-cent gas tax increase, Alabama’s per-capita total state and local tax burden will STILL rank 50th in the nation.  Learn the facts.  #fixALroads

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True or False: Alabama’s new gas tax indexing provision will automatically add 1 cent each year?

The indexing provision included in the Rebuild Alabama plan is based on the annual change in construction costs and can only be adjusted every two years. If Alabama’s gas tax had been indexed using this method in 2003, it would have resulted in a net increase of one cent to date. Learn the facts. #fixALroads

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True or False: ALDOT and local governments can use Rebuild Alabama tax to hire employees, increase salaries?

(Pixabay, YHN)

Rebuild Alabama funds received by the state, county and city governments are lawfully earmarked for the use of maintenance, preservation and construction of roads and bridges only. Learn the facts. #fixALroads

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True or False: Tax dollars from Rebuild Alabama can be used to build prisons, expand state government?

(Wikicommons, YHN)

The funding raised through Rebuild Alabama is deposited in a new, separate fund called the Rebuild Alabama Fund. This fund will be audited annually by the examiner of Public Accounts to ensure there is no mismanagement.
Learn the facts.  #fixALroads

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True or False: Rebuild Alabama tax creates registration fees for regular, non-electric vehicles?

(DOD, YHN)

Rebuild Alabama does NOT place additional registration fees on normal, non-electric vehicles. Newly adopted registration fees only apply to electric and hybrid vehicles and put the state on the cutting edge of electric vehicle infrastructure. Learn the facts.  #fixALroads

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True or False: The Port of Mobile will receive 50% of Alabama’s increased gas tax?

Of the total annual revenue created by Rebuild Alabama, the project to expand the Port of Mobile will only receive 3.6% of revenue or $11.7 million. The funding will go towards a bond issuance that cannot be financed for more than 20 years. Once the bond debt service is paid off, then those dollars will go back into roads and bridges. Learn the facts.  #fixALroads

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True or False: Alabama’s new gas tax indexing provision will automatically add 1 cent each year?

The indexing provision included in the Rebuild Alabama plan is based on the annual change in construction costs and can only be adjusted every two years. If Alabama’s gas tax had been indexed using this method in 2003, it would have resulted in a net increase of one cent to date. Learn the facts. #fixALroads

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True or False: Alabama’s new gas tax puts the state among the highest taxed in the nation?

According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Alabama currently ranks 50th in state and local tax collections.  With the 10-cent gas tax increase, Alabama’s per-capita total state and local tax burden will STILL rank 50th in the nation.  Learn the facts.  #fixALroads

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Leaders deliver results for a stronger Alabama

(Wikicommons, J. Tuggle/Flickr, ALFA/Flickr)

Thank you to the Alabama House of Representatives and the Alabama Senate for your bi-partisan support of the Rebuild Alabama Plan. Because of your leadership, this historical effort will result in safer roads, thousands of new jobs, and a stronger Alabama.  Finally, it’s time to #RebuildAL.

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Leaders deliver results for a stronger Alabama

(Wikicommons, J. Tuggle/Flickr, ALFA/Flickr)

Thank you to the Alabama House of Representatives and the Alabama Senate for your bi-partisan support of the Rebuild Alabama Plan. Because of your leadership, this historical effort will result in safer roads, thousands of new jobs, and a stronger Alabama.  Finally, it’s time to #RebuildAL.

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Leaders deliver results for a stronger Alabama

(Wikicommons, J. Tuggle/Flickr, ALFA/Flickr)

Thank you to the Alabama House of Representatives and the Alabama Senate for your bi-partisan support of the Rebuild Alabama Plan. Because of your leadership, this historical effort will result in safer roads, thousands of new jobs, and a stronger Alabama.  Finally, it’s time to #RebuildAL.

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Leaders deliver results for a stronger Alabama

(Wikicommons, J. Tuggle/Flickr, ALFA/Flickr)

Thank you to the Alabama House of Representatives and the Alabama Senate for your bi-partisan support of the Rebuild Alabama Plan. Because of your leadership, this historical effort will result in safer roads, thousands of new jobs, and a stronger Alabama.  Finally, it’s time to #RebuildAL.

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All roads lead to Alabama jobs

(AAI)

“940,353 full times jobs are completely dependent on Alabama’s transportation network. If we want to recruit new industry and create more jobs, we need a road and bridge system that supports economic growth in Alabama. It’s time to take this issue seriously and invest in Alabama’s future. Let’s take action and rebuild Alabama’s roads!” #FixALroads

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All roads lead to Alabama jobs

(AAI)

“940,353 full times jobs are completely dependent on Alabama’s transportation network. If we want to recruit new industry and create more jobs, we need a road and bridge system that supports economic growth in Alabama. It’s time to take this issue seriously and invest in Alabama’s future. Let’s take action and rebuild Alabama’s roads!” #FixALroads

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All roads lead to Alabama jobs

(AAI)

“940,353 full times jobs are completely dependent on Alabama’s transportation network. If we want to recruit new industry and create more jobs, we need a road and bridge system that supports economic growth in Alabama. It’s time to take this issue seriously and invest in Alabama’s future. Let’s take action and rebuild Alabama’s roads!” #FixALroads

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When is the time to fix Alabama’s congested roads, bad bridges?

(AAI)

“Our interstates are congested, our bridges are structurally deficient, and our roads are crumbling and unsafe. This is a serious problem that demands a serious solution. No more band-aid approaches or short-term fixes. It’s time to take action and rebuild Alabama’s roads!” #FixALroads

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When is the time to fix Alabama’s congested roads, bad bridges?

(AAI)

“Our interstates are congested, our bridges are structurally deficient, and our roads are crumbling and unsafe. This is a serious problem that demands a serious solution. No more band-aid approaches or short-term fixes. It’s time to take action and rebuild Alabama’s roads!” #FixALroads

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When is the time to fix Alabama’s congested roads, bad bridges?

(AAI)

“Our interstates are congested, our bridges are structurally deficient, and our roads are crumbling and unsafe. This is a serious problem that demands a serious solution. No more band-aid approaches or short-term fixes. It’s time to take action and rebuild Alabama’s roads!” #FixALroads

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