Monday, January 3, 2011

It’s on you

The New Year is typically viewed as an opportunity at a fresh start. It can be used to build and improve relationships, and better one’s economic outlook. How committed we are to taking the initiative to make improvements can have long-lasting effects.

This principle can also be applied to improving the trucking industry. More specifically, it is on you to open the line of communication with elected officials.

There is no time to waste. At the state level, lawmakers from Montana to Mississippi are scheduled to be back at work by the middle of this week. In all, nearly 90 percent of the nation’s state legislatures will have convened their 2011 sessions by the end of January.

Two of the most common issues expected to be tackled significantly affect the trucking industry. The topics are balancing budgets, and maintaining transportation and infrastructure.

Because elected officials – old and new – are out to prove that they are the right people for the job, this is an opportunity to use to your advantage.

There are tried-and-true methods to effectively communicate with elected officials. They include phoning, e-mailing, writing letters, or in-person meetings.

Each method of communicating with your elected officials is important. The preferred method of communication depends on the office. A growing list of lawmakers rely heavily on social networking sites.

It is a good idea to call the office and ask for the best way to correspond with the lawmaker. This also serves as a good way for you to introduce yourself to lawmakers and their staff.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Contact your elected officials and express your concerns.