Delving into the Election Results: Prospects for Infrastructure Spending

NATSO ANALYSIS: President-Elect Trump Supports a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package.  Is This Necessarily a Good Thing for Travel Plazas and Truckstops?

As the trade association representing the America’s travel plazas and truckstops, NATSO has long supported increased spending on roads and bridges to better facilitate the seamless, efficient movement of people and freight across America’s highways.   Almost 90 percent of NATSO members’ retail outlets are located within one quarter-mile of an Interstate highway.  These businesses rely on an efficient, well-funded surface transportation program to survive.

This sounds like exactly what NATSO has been advocating for many years. It makes sense, therefore, that our members were pleased at the prospect of additional transportation investments.  

But – as with all things – the devil is in the details.

NATSO has not simply advocated for an increase in transportation funding.  We have advocated for an increase in motor fuel excise taxes.  It is counter-intuitive for businesses to support higher taxes on the products that they sell.  But I view the fuel tax the same way Winston Churchill viewed democracy – it is the worst option, except for all of the other options...

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David Fialkov is the Vice President of Government Relations, as well as the Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, at NATSO. In this capacity, Mr. Fialkov directs NATSO's legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. Mr. Fialkov also oversees NATSO's political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies. Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov's focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. Summa cum laude with highest honors from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Allison and daughter Lilah. More
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