User Fee Would Fund Six-Year Transportation Bill
(3rd Quarter 2010)
A Message From
Leo A. Vecellio, Jr.
Vecellio Group, Inc. President, Chairman
Raising taxes during a slow economy may seem backwards, but when its a pennies-per-gallon user fee on gasoline to pay for a multi-year surface transportation bill, then it makes good sense.
Federal stimulus programs and funding extensions dont help the nations long-term infrastructure needs or the need for businesses and states to plan for more than just the short-term. Uncertainty holds the entire sector back and the workforce down, as businesses necessarily adjust to the foreseeable workload.
A paid-for, multi-year surface transportation bill would improve the countrys aging infrastructure and significantly boost employment, without adding to the deficit.
Its been 17 years since the gasoline user fee was last adjusted. Its time to get past the politics and back on the road to a fiscally sound, long-term transportation investment program.
The Vecellio Groups emphasis on safety is reflected in the safety records of its companies and divisions, with most seeing hundreds of thousands of hours worked with no lost-time incidents.
At the head of the pack, this summer Sharpe Bros. celebrated four years with no lost-time incidents. Employees were treated to a meal and several door prizes, including four flat screen TV sets and a Lowes gift card. A Travelers representative presented Sharpe Bros. with a plaque commemorating the achievement.
Also this summer, Vecenergy and White Rock logged two-plus years, while Rangers South Division and Vecellio & Grogans shop team, Beckley Equipment Repair, posted one and a half years without incidents.
Safely is our most important job, said CEO Leo Vecellio, Jr. Lets all keep working at it!
Enjoying a safety celebration at Sharpe Bros. are, in the foreground on the left, John Paul Evans and, on the right, Rod Powell, Ricky Saunders and Tim Bailey. (Photo by John Riley, Jr.)
Travelers Steve Beals, right, presents a plaque honoring Sharpe Bros. safety record to Vecellio Group V.P. Michael Vecellio, left, Sharpe Bros. Field Safety Manager John Riley, Jr., and Sharpe V.P. Ivan Clayton. (Photo by Gloria Fields)
Travelers Tim McGrath, third from left, marks White Rock Quarries safety record with Alfredo Martinez, left, Hector Barrios, Nick Rudanovich, Nate Malone, Juni Tennant, Ronnie Vanlandingham, Matt Thompson, JR Payne, and Vecellio Group V.P. Safety John West. (Photo by Dave Kibby)
Receiving a catered lunch and Lowes gift cards for surpassing one year of work without any lost-time incidents are members of Vecellio & Grogans shop team, Beckley Equipment Repair. L to R: Steve Spencer, Dave Mullins, Alvin Jones, Marion Austin (behind Alvin), Gary Phillips, Bill Croy, Dave Johnson, Cecil Williams, Jimmy Jones, Jerry Hedrick, Jerry DiLorenzo, Darrell Payne, Jimmy Lilly, John Wickline, David Lilly, Jim Lowery, Calvin Lane and Alfred Lacy. (Photo by Bob Kennedy)
Ranger South Division President Hazen Hinds, second from left, and Vecellio Group V.P. of Safety John West, right, receive a commemorative safety plaque from Dana Miller, Edward Aber and Donna Coleman-Jones, all with Travelers. (Photo by Mike Scarborough)