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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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2017 NASHTU Conference Photos Now Online

Thank you again to all who presented and/or participated at the 2017 NASHTU Conference.  We are happy to report that the photographs from the 2017 conference are now posted online on the NASHTU website.

The conference was once again a great success!  We were privileged to hear from many distinguished Members of Congress, including the Chairman of the Highway and Transit Subcommittee Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), and several members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee including Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), and Don Young, (R-AK).  We also had a great turnout at our Congressional Reception, where NASHTU members had the opportunity to mingle with Reps. Ami Bera (D-CA), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Jason Lewis (R-MN), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and many other Congressional Members and key staff.

We are now working on securing dates for our 2018 conference.  Stay tuned for more information


States Not Waiting for Federal Money to Materialize

While the Republican-held Congress continues to delay the President’s much talked about $1 trillion infrastructure plan, more states have resorted to increasing state taxes and fees to help close the gap between transportation needs and the revenues available to fund them.  So far in 2017, six states – urban and rural and of varying political leanings – have enacted legislation that raises new revenue to help pay for transportation programs, namely California, Indiana, Montana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.

Since 2013, 26 states (including the six in 2017) have recognized the importance of continuing to invest in transportation programs by raising taxes and fees to supplement their state and federal funding.  To see the full list, as compiled by the Tax Justice Blog, click here.

NASHTU urges Congress to begin debate on an infrastructure package that includes significant and sustainable new federal funding for transportation programs and employs common-sense taxpayer protection provisions, including a requirement to perform a cost comparison prior to outsourcing and public inspection on projects.

HR 1692: Ensuring Safety, Efficiency and Accountability on Transportation Projects

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), has introduced legislation that requires public employees to perform the construction inspection on federally funded state and local transportation projects.  NASHTU has advocated for public inspection on transportation projects for many years.

The Safety, Efficiency, and Accountability in Transportation Projects through Public Inspection Act of 2015 (HR 1692) will ensure that public safety is protected, transportation funds are not wasted, and that projects are delivered in a timely manner.

On transportation projects, construction inspectors are the eyes, ears, and voice of the public.  Public inspectors ensure that construction standards are met, that projects meet safety requirements, and that the materials used will stand the test of time.

Please help generate support for this bill by personalizing and sending a co-sponsorship request letter to the members of your state’s congressional delegation.

To ensure the timely receipt of the letter, we would suggest that you e-mail the letter, fact sheet and disaster examples to the Legislative Directors of the Members of Congress.

News Stories

House panel backs bill to slash Transportation funding — A House panel approved legislation late Monday evening that would slash funding for the Department of Transportation (DOT) after rejecting a Democratic effort to add a $200 billion infrastructure package to the bill. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — July 17, 2017

Bill would repeal minimum pay for Wisconsin road workers and allow single firm to design, build highways — Bill would repeal minimum pay for Wisconsin road workers and allow single firm to design, build highways — Journal Sentinel — Jason Stein for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — July 16, 2017

Chao talks Trump infrastructure plan in Louisville speech — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Friday that “nothing is off the table” as President Trump’s administration assembles a 10-year infrastructure plan, including the possibility of a federal gasoline tax increase. — Marcus Green for WDRB — July 14, 2017