Haslam taking another transportation funding tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is headed out on another statewide tour Monday to promote the need to address Tennessee’s transportation funding needs.

Haslam is facing strong resistance among many fellow Republicans in the Legislature about taking steps to increase roadbuilding revenues. But the governor argues that ignoring the growing shortfall now will result in an infrastructure crisis down the road.

Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer are making five stops Monday to highlight road projects in dire need attention. They kick off their tour in Alcoa before heading to Kingsport, Chattanooga, Memphis and Lebanon.

Haslam in August and September embarked on a 15-stop tour to discuss the transportation funding shortfall. His efforts are being opposed by several GOP leaders in the Statehouse.

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