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2020 NASHTU Conference – Canceled

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 21st Annual NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Washington D.C. – has been canceled.

Given the uncertainty about the length of the crisis, and given the limited congressional calendar in an election year, it is simply not possible at this time to reschedule the conference for this year.

We will be refunding any registration fees paid to date.  Please contact the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill at 202/737-1234 to cancel your room reservations.

We look forward to seeing you at the NASHTU conference in the spring of 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact NASHTU at nashtu@nashtu.us.


NASHTU Notes

May 18, 2020

House Passes COVID Relief Bill – Includes $15 billion for State DOTs

The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Friday their next “Phase 4” COVID-19 relief measure – entitled the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.”  The $3 trillion package includes $15 billion for state departments of transportation that are facing revenue shortfalls due to reduced traffic volumes.

Specifically, the Act provides $15 billion in grants to support the ongoing work of state, U.S. territorial, and Native American Indian tribal DOTs and certain local governments to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an AASHTO analysis of the legislation, state DOTs would receive $14.775 billion distributed by formula funding, with tribal DOTs getting $150 million, Puerto Rico getting $60 million and territorial DOTs receiving $15 million.  HEROES Act funds would be provided at 100 percent federal share, with those funds allowed to cover operational, maintenance, and administrative expenses, including payroll needs.  Additionally, the bill provides for the remaining fiscal year 2020 FAST Act funds to also be provided at 100 percent federal share.

More generally, the HEROES Act also provides $540 billion in flexible funding for states to help them cope with the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, while local governments would get $375 billion.

However, the HEROES Act is facing an uncertain future in Congress.  Senate Republicans have denounced the proposal as “exactly the wrong approach” and said they are working on their own “Phase 4” relief package to be released in the coming weeks.

In recent weeks, NASHTU sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking for supplemental federal funding to help make up for lost gas tax and user fee revenues due to the pandemic.  NASHTU’s letter followed similar letters to Congress from other transportation stakeholders, including AASHTO and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO.   NASHTU will continue to advocate for financial relief for state and local DOTs dealing with revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the text and summary of the HEROES Act.

Read the AASHTO Journal article about the HEROES Act.

Read NASHTU’s letter to Congressional leaders.