Working with Morgan and Newton officials to channel growth towards quality, not sprawl and overbuilding.
I've opposed legislation that limits the ability of our local governments to promote quality growth, like the bills that put caps on impact fees, or reduce stream buffers. I have carried legislation designed to remove the incentives in annexation law that encourage cities to annex territory just to gain tax revenues (which also promotes sprawl and unfairly hurts residents in non-urban parts of counties). And I attend as many meetings between county officials and the state DOT as I can, in order to emphasize the importance of state level assistance to meet our rapidly mounting transportation challenges. As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I've been closely involved with rationalizing our transportation planning process, and with channeling the right resources towards new projects.