McKee Foods executive gets advice from top GOP lawmakers on how to lobby on Haslam road plan

Gov. Bill Haslam gives his annual State of the State address to a joint convention of the Tennessee General, Assembly Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

So just what is the best way to talk to Tennessee legislators you don't know about an issue you support, like Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed IMPROVE Act?

McKee Foods Vice President Eva Lynne Disbro took that question straight to the top Wednesday, seeking advice from House Speaker Beth Harwell, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and other Republicans.

It came during a panel discussion as Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry members held their annual meeting and lobby day at the state Capitol.

Disbro, who is over human resources at Collegedale-based food manufacturer McKee, told the leaders she backs Haslam's proposal.

It seeks to boost transportation funding in the state's highway fund through an increase in fuel taxes to tackle a $10.5 billion backlog of nearly 1,000 projects. Haslam also proposes cutting three taxes in the general fund, which has boomed over the past two years.