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Traveling highway bill activists visit South Dakota to lobby for road funds

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The nation's highway trust fund will expire in August, meaning funding for highways will soon be scarce. But, a traveling group is trying to raise awareness, and get legislation passed before the roads lose funding.

The "I Make America" tour, put on by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, stopped at Kolberg-Pioneer in Yankton, South Dakota, to talk about the issues they're trying to address about the federal highway bill.

"I Make America" representatives say work done by American companies that manufacture equipment requires well-maintained roads.

The federal highway bill needs to get passed for roads to remain safe and useable. They said it's important to keep the conversation going if progress is going to be made. "We want to give the employees the opportunity to contact their members of congress and make their voices heard, because ultimately, America's future is in their hands, and they can contact those members of congress, and let them know that this is important and it needs to be passed," Trisha Schoof, Public Affairs Coordinator for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers said.

Kolberg-Pioneer officials said they were happy to host the event for some of the same reasons. "What they have done in the past is to extend the highway bill for a period of time, and really what that does is it just procrastinates, because it comes in at the same level of funding, and that does not serve our purposes, because as you know, we've got a thing called inflation," Joe Vig, Group President for Astec Industries, Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.'s parent company said.

They'll tour around the country this summer.

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