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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest. NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

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NASHTU Conference 2018 – Save the Date!

The 19th Annual NASHTU Conference will be held April 16-18, 2018 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C. (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW).

At the 2018 conference, we will once again advocate for NASHTU’s priorities including cost comparison prior to outsourcing and public inspection for federally-funded transportation projects.  We also plan to invite Members of Congress, transportation leaders, good government experts, and others to share their latest insights.  In addition, the conference will feature numerous informative panels on transportation funding, the status of the Administration’s much-anticipated infrastructure legislation, labor issues, and other items of interest to NASHTU attendees.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel of $329 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to three days prior to and post conference, subject to hotel availability.  To book your room, please go to www.liaisoncapitolhill.com or call 888/513-7445.  NASHTU’s Group ID is AP1518.

If you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.


Highway Trust Fund Struggles in 2017

AASHTO is reporting that the U.S. Treasury released its end-of-fiscal-year numbers and receipts for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) showed basically no growth for Fiscal Year 2017.  Over the course of the fiscal year, which ended in September, receipts for the HTF totaled $41.127 billion, down 0.5% from the previous fiscal year.  While there was an increase in gasoline (1.8%) and diesel (4.6%) tax collections, it was more than offset by a 27% drop in revenue collected from another source of trust fund revenues – retail heavy truck and trailer sales taxes.  The drop highlights the fund’s vulnerability to volatile revenue streams such as equipment sales, which can fluctuate widely due to market demand or interest rate changes.

Since 2008, HTF authorized spending has far outpaced revenues collected leading to the need for billions in annual General Fund transfers to keep the HTF afloat. The General Fund backfill in 2017 was about $13 billion, but that is expected to exceed $23 billion per year by 2027 unless Congress addresses the structural problem.  Several transportation stakeholders, including NASHTU, have advocated for Congress to find new, sustainable revenue to make certain the HTF can meet current and future funding obligations.

With little promise that Congress will address the federal transportation funding shortfall, states have increasingly taken it upon themselves to generate their own new transportation revenue.  On November 1, California’s gas tax increased 12 cents per gallon, and the diesel tax went up 16 cents per gallon. The legislature approved the increase last April and the entire funding package is expected to generate over $5 billion annually for the state’s transportation programs.  California is hardly alone.  Over the past five years, 26 states have raised fuel taxes to help keep up with their transportation infrastructure needs.

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News Stories

Top GOP Senator won’t rule out gas tax hike for infrastructure upgrades — The Senate’s No. 3 Republican left the door open on Tuesday to raising the federal gasoline tax to pay for infrastructure improvements — an idea currently being considered by the White House, but one that has repeatedly run into a buzz saw of opposition on Capitol Hill. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — October 31, 2017

GOP chairman: No appetite for gas tax hike now in House — The head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Thursday that there is little appetite in the lower chamber right now for a hike in the federal gasoline tax. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — October 26, 2017

New California gas tax hike goes into effect Nov. 1 — California’s new gas tax hike goes into effect Nov. 1 — a time when drivers across the state are already paying some of the highest fuel taxes in the nation. — Mike Luery for KCRA 3