OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday (June 4) signed two bills that will boost transportation system funding, including an increase in the flow of cash from income tax payments directly to transportation needs.
Appearing at a Blue Room ceremony marking enactment of the bills were the chief executive, Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley, House Speaker Kris Steele, House Speaker-designate T.W. Shannon, and state Sen. Clark Jolley.
Also participating in the event were members of the state Transportation Commission, the private “TRUST” organization that advocates transportation spending, and a range of business lobbyists who supported this year’s push for more funding of road and bridge construction.
Fallin dubbed Ridley “the best transportation secretary in state history.” She said the surge in funding and building will move the state from having hundreds of structurally deficient bridges to one of America’s best systems. The object is the have “zero deficient bridges” by 2019.