Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1 FM) has just posted audio from an interview with Sam Williams, president of the Metro Chamber of Commerce. For three years, Williams has haunted the state Capitol, urging lawmakers to pass a transportation funding bill.
The newest effort is now in a House-Senate conference committee, with fundamental differences still unresolved, and the Legislature headed to its final two days. Here’s the very last of that interview with Williams:
O’Hayer: Do you think a bill is going to make it this year? You’ve sat through two years when it hasn’t.
Williams: I’m going to be there ’til the last second of the last hour of the last night, walking those ropes, urging our legislators to pass something. There’s no question that there is unity on the part of statewide business leaders that this needs to be addressed. And I would hope that they would see that they would see that that unity from the major employers – that if we want to continue to grow jobs and prosperity, we have got to have this problem addressed. And it’s got to be done now.
O’Hayer: Last year you said, if it doesn’t make it, we’ll recruit candidates to run against people who voted against it. Do you still feel that way?
Williams: Absolutely. I think there are going to be a lot of business people who have been sitting on the sidelines, and I think it’s going to be a major consideration in terms of what candidates business leaders support in the upcoming election.
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