Harri Anne Smith Named to Conference Committee on Roads and Jobs Bill
30,000 jobs over 10 years hang in the balance
Montgomery, Ala – April 15, 2010 - Senator Harri Anne Smith (R-Slocomb) was named to the Conference Committee that will decide what the final wording of the Alabama Roads and Jobs Bill (SB 121) will look like before the people vote on this important job creating measure. The Senators on the conference committee are SB 121 Sponsor Lowell Barron (D-Fyffe), Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), and Senator Smith. The House conference members are House sponsor Rep. Billy Beasley (D-Clayton), John Knight (D-Montgomery) and Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark).
“I believe that when it comes to issues like spending $1 billion to create 27,000 jobs, the people have the right to vote,” Smith said. “The House put several competing amendments into the legislation, and the Conference Committee’s job is to decide what the final measure will look like. One thing is for certain: I am for this bill. It will create jobs, and improve our infrastructure – two things we sorely need in The Wiregrass.”
Alabama’s unemployment rate is currently 11.1% - the highest it has been since 1984. As originally passed by The Alabama Senate SB 121, The Alabama Roads and Jobs Bill will pull $1 billion from the Oil and Gas Trust Fund to create jobs and improve Alabama’s crumbling infrastructure of roads and bridges. The money is allocated to counties using the same formula as the Oil and Gas trust fund – 55% based on population and 45% on an equal basis.
“For the 12 years I have represented Senate District 29, I have always stood on the side of job creation and economic development. If approved by the people of our state, this bill will create immediate jobs in Dale, Geneva and Houston Counties,” Smith said. “That does not take into account the jobs that will come to our counties once the construction and redevelopment is complete.”