John Ballantyne, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, issued this statement today in support of a bipartisan agreement by State Lawmakers on a plan to replenish New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund, which was expected to run out of funds by the end of June:
"We stand today with business and labor leaders from all across New Jersey in applauding the leadership of both the State Senate and General Assembly for crafting a bipartisan proposal to address the critical reauthorization of our state's Transportation Trust Fund," said Ballantyne.
"At a time when some two-thirds of the state's roads are in poor or average quality and many bridges in need of repairs, this proposal will ensure that New Jersey taxpayers will have safe and efficient transportation infrastructure, which is critical to sustaining and growing our state's economy and remaining competitive. I am optimistic that our state legislators will continue to shape this measure to draw broad consensus from their respective houses, and produce legislation that can be swiftly approved and signed by Governor Christie."
Ballantyne also applauded the bipartisan approach of Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Sen. Paul Sarlo, Sen. Steve Oroho, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, and other key legislators for crafting a fairness plan that replenishes the TTF.
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) represents thousands of hard working men and women throughout the states of Delaware and New Jersey, plus regions in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania, making it one of the largest trade unions on the East Coast. The NRCC equips professional craftsmen with the skills that are demanded in today's construction industry. Its regional structure ensures that the organization can work cooperatively with contractors and maintain the superior quality of workmanship that contractors have come to expect from union carpenters. To learn more about the NRCC, go to: http://www.northeastcarpenters.org